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The St. Thomas Aquinas Bereavement Ministry was established to offer spiritual and emotional support to those in our community who are experiencing loss and grief after the death of a loved one. 

This ministry offers support in the following ways:

  • Attend the wake and/or liturgical service
  • Send cards, make telephone calls
  • Offer prayers, be present
  • Provide information on grief and support groups.

In addition, this committee hosts an annual Mass of Remembrance each November. Check the newsletter and bulletin for details.

Calming the Chaos is a Grief Support Group
Held at the Burlington Senior Center (Hwy 11 and W), led by Tammy Beardsley, Grief Specialist, Fridays, 9 - 11 AM. Tammy has a master’s degree in social work and was a social worker for Aurora Hospice for many years before her recent transition to a Grief Support Specialist. She assists people dealing with the loss of a loved one by providing resources and emotional support as they work through their grief and find a new normal. Loss of any kind is difficult to maneuver, but the most important thing to remember is you are not alone and there is no time frame for your grief.

Bereavement on FORMED
The Parish subscription to FORMED includes content related to bereavement, sign up for free! Search “Grief” and several items will appear, including Grieving with Great Hope, an online grief support program. As a FORMED subscriber, you can access all five sessions of this series, along with a workbook and guide.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:
Kristy Pavlovich 
Phone: 262-492-6721