Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Bereavement and Grief

sunset-321429_640Lazarus Ministry for Bereavement

Volunteers minister to families grieving the loss of a loved one. Ministers pray for family members as well as contact them with a series of “Care Note” cards mailed throughout the year following the loved one’s death. This group also prepares an annual prayer service on All Souls Day to remember all the parishioners who have died in the past year and all of our deceased loved ones.

Contact: Rose Riedy at (414) 525-4532 or Sheila Dillman at (262) 717-3156



Seasons of Life a Call to Wholeness

lily-73098_640This is a 4 week grief group that we hold several times a year. Every week we have some teaching and opportunities to share.

Upcoming sessions 2017/18

Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Grief Group Potlucks 2017/18

October 3, 11:30am – 1:00pm

February 6, 11:30am – 1:00pm

June 5, 11:30am – 1:00pm

If you are grieving from a life altering experience, please consider joining us.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Wanda Nye RN, Parish Nurse, at 414-545-4281 or Nancie Chmielewski at (414) 541-9470, Ext. 13


Good Grief Guys Group

Share the journey that is unique for a man who has lost his beloved wife. This is collaboration of St. Gregory the Great, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Matthias. Any man is welcome to attend who is looking for some support, guidance, and companionship, on his grief journey.

When:  3rd Tuesday of the month

Time:  10:00 am

Where: OLOL, Room 6

Contact Ken, (414) 423-0161 with questions.


Sisters on the Journey

A group of women, who have lost our husbands in the last year or two, have joined together to support each other.

They call themselves “Sisters on the Journey.” They gather the second Tuesday of each month for a luncheon.  Together they find strength from a little prayer and being together. Occasionally they do a movie or day trip for those interested.

If this sounds good to you, they would be happy to have you with them. You are most welcome, once in a while, or every month.

For information call Rita Klein at (414) 543-2726 or Rose Riedy at (414) 525-4532.


Common Ground of Grief

All presentations made by and all support group meetings facilitated by Patrick V. Dean, MEd., C.T., Director of Grief Education Services for Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries & Founder of the Wisconsin Grief Education Center.

Grief Education Presentations in 2017

All presentations will be on these 1st Tuesdays. All are held at San Camillo, 10200 West Blue Mound Road, Wauwatosa WI 53226. Each topical presentation will be given twice: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Free and open to all faiths and ages and relationships. In case bad weather might require a cancellation, please check for an announcement on one of the major local TV stations.

Schedule of Presentation Topics for 2017

Each topic will be presented twice on these dates at 11 am and again at 5:30 pm.

February 7 Grief, Mourning, and Healing: Essential Foundations of Berevement
March 7 Death of a Parent of Spouse: The Paths Ahead
April 4 Complex Grief/Tragedy: When Death is Suden, Violent or Stigmatized
May 2 Haiku: A 17 syllable structure for processing your grief challenges
June 6 Grief, Mourning, and Healing; Understanding Your Journey Through Grief
July No Presentation
August 1 Death of a Parent of Spouse: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
September 5 Complex Grief/Tragedy: Traumatic Losses and the Quest for Hope
October 3 Haiku: Creative Healing Approaches to Better Insight
November 7 Season of Thanksgiving: Can Gratitude and Grief Co-Exist?
December 5 Holidays: The Intersection of Celebration and Mourning


Grief Support Group Meetings in 2017

All meetings will be on these 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month. All sessions are at San Camillo, 10200 West Blue Mound Road, Wauwatosa WI 53226. Meetings are from 11 am – 12:30 pm. Free and open to all surviving a loss. In case bad weather might require a cancellation, please check for an announcement on one of the major local TV stations.

  • Februrary 14 & 28
  • March  14 & 28
  • April 11 & 25
  • May 9 & 23
  • June 13 & 27
  • July (no meeting)
  • August 8 & 22
  • September 12 & 26
  • October 10 & 24
  • November 14 (only)
  • December 12 (only)



Aurora Health Care Grief Support Resource List