Holding Hands

Bereavement Support

The Office of Faith Formation offers a bereavement support group for the Diocese, which also serves as the principal support group in the Fall River area.

For additional support programs or groups in other areas of the Diocese, scroll to the bottom.

Grief and Loss 

Together Finding Ways to Making Sense of it All

This is a support group to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. Losing someone we love truly hurts, leaving us with so many unanswered questions and a multitude of conflicting emotions. At first, we may turn to family and friends to share our grief; but as time goes on, we may find it difficult to reach out to them. It becomes difficult for them to understand our feelings.

 

The basis of the group is to allow individuals to share their experiences, feelings, emotions with others who are on the very same journey. In the sharing, often we discover new ways of coping, and begin to discover new strength and hope.

2021 Schedule

Due to COVID-19, live sessions are not allowed. 

Currently online sessions are offered on Tuesdays.
For your convenience - two sessions are offered, one
at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

 

To join these sessions simply register using one of the following links:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.  Once you are registered you can attend any session in your chosen time slot.
                
The group meets on Tuesdays 

    There is no fee to participate.

**One-on-one sessions can also be arranged. 

The contact information is listed below.

For more information, please call 508-658-9089 or 508-642-0583 
​or E-mail: rsaraiva@dfrcs.org or  rosemarysaraiva@gmail.com.

Additional Programs

Hospice & Palliative Care Support Group

VNA of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. Offers discussion & support groups for those who are grieving.  

They offer General Bereavement Support and Widows & Widowers Group in Fall River, Raynham and Fairhaven, MA. They are free of charge and open to the public.  

Nancy-Lee Devane

Tel. 508-973-3227

Falmouth Seasons of Hope

Seasons of Hope offers scripture-based sessions for grievers. This faith sharing group will meet for six weeks allowing grievers to draw on Scripture for help and reassurance. 

Sessions will be held at: 
St. Anthony Parish
167 East Falmouth Highway
East Falmouth, MA

M. Donna Macleod, RN, MSN

Dyer-Lake Support Group

North Attleboro

Group sessions are offered free of charge and held each month to assist members of our communities who have lost a loved one. All members of the community are welcome, 

regardless of whether Dyer-Lake has served your family.

 

Sessions are led by Linda Regan, LICSW and Judith Gordon, R.N., B.S.N. in association with:  The Community Visiting Nurse Agency Hospice Care, Attleboro, Massachusetts

Each session begins at 7:00 PM at the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home:

161 Commonwealth Avenue
Village of Attleboro Falls
North Attleboro, Massachusetts 02763
Website:  Dyer-Lake

Dyer-Lake Funeral Home

Tel. 508-695-0200

Community Nurse & Home Care Support

Community Nurse and Hospice Care offers an adult grief support group entitled "Unity with Community: Managing Grief Together".

Contact for more information and to register.

Mary Finnin - Hospice Chaplain

Tel. 508-992-6278

Attleboro Area

Support Group

Meetings are held every other Wednesday from 10 am to 11:30 am at La Salette Retreat Center: 947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA.

Bob & Margaret (Maggie) McGee co-officiate this grief support group.
​Margaret McGee is an author, and shares her experiences after the death of their son Brendan in 2003, in her book entitled: "He's Right Here."

Bob & Margaret (Maggie) McGee

Tel. 508-236-9083

HopeHealth

Cape Cod & Southeast MA

HopeHealth serves all of Cape Cod and Southeastern, MA. They provide individual grief counseling and support groups throughout the year. They also offer bereavement services for children.

For more information regarding their services and groups, visit their website.

HopeHealth
​HopeHealth Headquarters
765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA
800-642-2423
email: info@hopehealth.org

HopeHealth

Tel. 508-957-0200

Rainbows:

Children Suffering Loss

Rainbows is a non-profit support group for children who have experienced a significant loss. The purpose of this program is to provide these children an opportunity to meet other children who have had similar experiences and offer them a place to sort through their feelings and hopefully to come to a healthy acceptance of what has happened in their family.  Children gather by age in small groups once a week for six weeks each semester. The program is NOT counseling or therapy, but rather peer support facilitated by trained adult volunteers. There is never a fee.

Arlene Booker 

Tel. 508-822-5869

Fall River Widow/Widower Support Group

This group offers ongoing support for those who have lost a spouse and are seeking fellowship with others who share the same experiences.

Cecile Michno 

Tel. 508-674-8120

ABOUT US

The Office of Faith Formation is a department of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River.

 

Our mission is to work with the Diocese of Fall River’s parishes, personnel and agencies to evangelize and form engaged disciples for Christ.

ADDRESS

508-675-1311

423 Highland Ave

Fall River, MA 02720

 

dcarvalho@dioc-fr.org

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