Apostle St. Thomas of Naperville offers online program to deal with the death of a loved one

Responding to the needs felt by those struggling with the death of a loved one, especially now that COVID-19 has dramatically increased the number of people mourning such losses, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church will offer a “Grievance to Growth” free online adult support group. The group will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on six consecutive Mondays, starting March 7.

Group size is limited to eight members and is for adults who have lost a parent, spouse, adult child, sibling or friend.

“We are asking group members to commit to attending all six meetings so we can all participate in building a wonderful sense of community,” said Paula Kosin, a parishioner and licensed clinical professional counselor who will facilitate the “Grievance to Growth” sessions.

“The death of a loved one can be devastating,” she noted, “but – through God’s grace and the support of others – over a period of time, healing and growth can occur” .

Kosin explained that the group, sponsored by the Behavioral Health Ministry at St. Thomas Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville, will be a place to “share your story, honor the memory of your loved one, learn healthy strategies for survive the sadness and move on”. in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.”

Registration is required by Wednesday March 2 for the “Grief to Growth” support group.

Attendees should also have an email address, a Wi-Fi connection, a personal computer or iPad/tablet, and know the basics of joining a Zoom meeting.

To register or for more information about the group, contact Susan Kearney, coordinator of the St. Thomas Department of Behavioral Health, at [email protected] or (630) 355-8980, ext. 108. When registering, please include the correct spelling of the participant’s first and last name, phone number and email address. Information on joining Zoom meetings will be provided to attendees prior to each session.

St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish in the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bring the Good News of God’s unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, testimony and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas Faith Community has over 3,400 homes with over 10,750 people. Comprehensive news and information on parish events, guest speakers and special programs are available at www.stapostle.org. For general parish information, please call (630) 355-8980.

Karen O. Fielding