Grief over the loss of a loved one: a very difficult time for families
and friends, and a great concern of The Church.
With care and dignity, with proper training, we can offer immeasurable
solace to those left behind. That's why the Catholic Cemeteries Department
of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has overseen the formation of a comprehensive
eight-week Bereavement Training Program for Catholic Clergy, Religious,
Hospital, Hospice and Laypeople.
The program, which requires a strong attendance commitment, is designed
to help create the basis for a Bereavement Team in each parish in the
Archdiocese. To that end, we recommend that five or more persons from
each parish attend -- people who will commit themselves in a caring way
to journey in faith with the bereaved suffering a loss in their community.
Rev. Liam J. Kidney
Anne Hansen, M.A.,
Judy Regotti-Alexander, BSN, CHPN
Sr. Gretchen Hailer, R.S.H.M.
Rev. Susan Copeland
Stephen Trudeau, Psy.D.
Debbie Campbell, Ph.D.
Deacon Paulino Reyes
Deacon Valentin Saucedo
Deacon Carlos Origel
Program Coordinator is Deacon Sam Frias, Pastoral Relations Director,
Catholic Cemeteries Department.
The next scheduled sessions are listed the Archdiocesan Events Calendar.
Please note this program is not designed for those persons who have recently
had a loss of a loved one.