Bereavement

Bereavement Support Group

If you or a loved one is in need of information regarding bereavement support, please contact Deacon Joe at 631-581-4266 x157.


Upcoming Bereavement Support Program

Eight Week Group beginning Tuesday, March 15, at 7pm

Support Groups are opened to anyone who has suffered a loss at least three months prior to the start of the group. Loss must have occurred prior to Dec 15, 2021. There is no cost but a commitment to attend each meeting throughout the program is required. Groups are offered in a closed and confidential setting with highly trained facilitators and limited to 13 people in each group.

Pre-registration is required -

Please call 631-581-4266 ext. 125 to register.

Bereavement Facilitator Training


Have you been thinking about how you can share your time, talent or how you can give back……


The St. Mary Bereavement Ministry is offering a facilitator training on Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 21 from 9:30am to 3pm. The training will give you the opportunity to learn more about the grieving process and what it takes to facilitate a bereavement group.


Margie Demshock, LCMHC will be the presenter.


Bagels and refreshments will be available to begin the day but it is suggested to bring a “bag lunch” for the afternoon break.


For more information or to register for the training, call 631-581-4266 ext. 125.


While there is no cost for the training, a free will offering is appreciated to help defray the expenses.

Would you be interested in joining the Consolation Ministry?

The Consolation Ministry supports the grieving members of our parish as they deal with the loss of their loved one.

Different ways to volunteer:

  • Meet with the family to plan the funeral liturgy.

  • Bake and deliver a cake to the bereaved family.

  • Prepare booklets for funeral mass.

  • Serve at the funeral mass as lector, greeter, altar server or Eucharistic minister.

  • Call the family after a few weeks to offer support and encouragement.

Participation in the Ministry of Consolation is flexible, based on your availability.

If you have a gift to share with our parish family through this meaningful ministry, or for more information, please contact: Mary Kratchman 631-813-7258 or call 631-581-4266 Ext 100.