Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

'Serenity' Grief Support Group

"Serenity" Grief Support Group is a Christian-based, deanery-sponsored support program that reaches out in a confidential and compassionate way to adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Meetings take place in a group setting and are facilitated by a certified counselor, a parish nurse and a certified spiritual director.

Benefits of a grief-support group

Being part of a group:

·    Validates our being normal.

·    Provides a safe environment that allows us to express those things we may be struggling with, including a wide range of emotions.

·    Affirms that there are a wide variety of ways to cope with our grief.

·    Provides a place to talk about our loved one when it may be difficult to do so at work, with our friends or even with other family members.

·    Shows that we are not alone in our experience and need not be isolated.

·    Supports us in asking questions about the meaning of life, death and spirituality.

·    Prevents feelings from getting buried and causing more serious problems later.

·    Illustrates that healing is possible as others who are farther along this path are experiencing more comfort and wholeness.

·    Enables us to contribute to the well-being of others who are grieving.

Source: Newsletter of the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved.

Is it ever too late to join?

No. People are ready to join when they are ready. Just as no two people have the same responses and feelings, no two have the same interior time table.

Meeting information

Where: St. Vincent de Paul School (Room 105); 831 12th St. S., (use 13th Street entrance), Wisconsin Rapids.

When: First Monday evening of every month (except Labor Day).

Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Fee: There is no fee for belonging to the group. There is no fee for the self-help grief-support reading materials and resources. Funding comes from the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery.

Serenity prayer