About the Bereavement Ministry



Companions on a Journey Grief Support is an ongoing grief support program that offers several grief specific support groups to help a person move through their grief and help them to have a better understanding of what they are experiencing.  It helps to know that you are not alone. 

Throughout the year we offer topic nights, grief workshops and a grief retreat. We have social outreach groups that meet once a month including a “Lunch Bunch”, a dinner group and a travel group. 

The support groups meet at various locations from 7-9 p.m.  Below is a listing of when each group meets.  If you would like to attend one of Companions on Journey group meetings, please contact one of the Bereavement Specialists so that we will know to expect you.  Everyone new to our support groups is requested to attend an “Understanding Your Grief Orientation” prior to attending the loss-specific support group.  Reservations requested for all groups!

Our schedules may change during the holidays and summer months.  Please call for exact times and locations.
  Sheila Munafo-Kanoza or Tom Kanoza at 870-9108 or Linda Sullivan  at 755-9433.

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Topic nights, retreat and workshops:

  • Hope Strength and Healing Grief Retreat
  • Grief in the Holidays, join us for a special evening Taking Time to Remember our loved ones as we make a special ornament and share ways to cope with your grief during the Christmas season - Download the Information Form
  • Why is this Happening to Me? -  “Tips for Grief Recovery”
  • Healing Through Forgiveness
  • QPR Gatekeeper Training Session-Question, Persuade and Refer to help with the prevention of suicide

Volunteers and sponsors are needed to help with mailing the newsletters, card ministry, grief retreat days, workshop and topic nights and various other works.  This is a ministry that greatly appreciates your prayers and your help for it is in giving that we receive.





Luncheon is offered to parishioners having a funeral at St. Max. Volunteers host a peaceful and comfortable luncheon for family and friends following the ceremony. Luncheon coordinators and volunteers are needed to make desserts, and assist with set up, serving or clean up the day of the funeral luncheon.  Contact Carol Heuser for more information at  

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How to Join the Funeral Luncheon Ministry

I like to cook, bake or organize.  I want to help with the Funeral Luncheon Ministry. 

Ministry Contact:

Holly Moran at 777-4322, Ext. 116

Time Commitment

As needed for funerals

Help Needed

How to Help Us!

Prayer Partners always needed.

Contact Linda Sullivan if you are interested.

Time Commitment

As needed