Bereavement Support Groups

Parish Bereavement Support Group List September 2022 – by Deanery

Please call or email the contact person to be certain of all the details before attending. If you have any questions or would like to add a group to the list, please contact Dr. MaryAnn Wallen, Director of the Office of Religious Education and Marriage and Family Life at 302-573-3130- [email protected]

Iron Hill Deanery

Church of the Good Shepherd (Meetings are held at St. Agnes)
Contact Bill and Anne Fazio at 410-378-2092 or [email protected]
The meetings are held on the First and Third Mondays of each Month from 7PM to 8 PM. The meetings are open to all in community, dealing mostly with loss of spouse, parents, and siblings. Some have come due to loss of children.

The meetings are held at: St. Agnes Church Basement
150 S. Queen Street
Rising Sun, MD 21911

St Joseph Parish – Middletown

St. Joseph Parish Bereavement Support Group is called Seasons of Hope and is open to all who have experienced a loss (parishioners and non-parishioners). This is an open forum group where anyone can openly share their feelings, difficulties and struggles over their loss.  The group meets on Wednesdays for 1-1.5 hours beginning at 11am.  There are 4 sessions with each session meeting for 6 weeks before a short break may occur.  The next sessions begin on August 2, 2023.

Ocean Deanery

St. Ann, Bethany Beach
691 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Contact David D. Cowell, MD, MLS, DLFAPA at 302-537-0769. The meetings are held in only one series in the Fall/Winter. Dr. Cowell, a physician and board-certified psychiatrist, is welcoming any parishioner (not limited to St. Ann’s) or members of any Faith tradition who are struggling with a loss within the previous 5 years

The series focuses on losses of any kind (eg. via suicide, dementia in a family member, divorce, deaths of parents sibs, friends; even murders of family members, etc.). As a physician and board-certified psychiatrist the doctor does his best – as a parish volunteer without any remuneration of any kind – to provide what help is needed to as many folks as he can.

St. Edmond Church
403 King Charles Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Contact Connie Benko at [email protected]
The meetings are held on the second Friday of every month at 11:00 am In Room 1 of the Parish Education Building. All are welcome; not limited to parishioners.

St. John Neumann
11211 Beauchamp Road
Berlin, MD 21811
(Meetings are held at Ocean Pines Community Center) (See address below)
Contact Jo Alexander at 410-208-6424 or Cindy Ostrowski at 410-208-3858. The Widows/Widowers Support Group meets the second Monday of each month at 2 PM at the Ocean Pines Community Center. The address is 235 Ocean Parkway Ocean Pines, MD 21811.

St. Jude the Apostle
152 Tulip Drive
Lewes, DE 19958
Contact Deacon Barry Taylor at 302-545-0813 or [email protected]
The sessions are held once a week for six weeks for 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours. It is a Faith Based Conversation about death. All are invited and the sessions deal primarily with the death of a loved one.

Silver Lake Deanery

St. Dennis
153 N. Main Street
Galena, MD 21635
Contact Ann Ganley at 610-608-2223
Meeting information is posted in the Parish Bulletin. The annual six-week course will begin September 9th at 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall. Then, subsequently on September 16, 23, 30, and October 7, 14. These times can be made flexible if necessary.

The purpose of the bereavement course is to learn the many phases of grief and how the Lord is with us on this journey. Also, there is a social support group for those following participation in our instructional series.

St. Polycarp Church
55 Ransom Lane
Smyrna, DE 19977
Contact Diane Dellinger at 302-222-7377
The meetings are held on Thursdays from 10:00-12:30 in the Parish Library. The meetings are for loss and parishioners only.