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Bereavement Ministry Support Facilitator Training

Support groups provide the opportunity for healing in a confidential, educational and spiritual environment. Family Life offers a 20 hour eight session program each Fall and Spring for those who wish to become facilitators for existing parish bereavement support groups or for those who want to start one. This program can also serve to enhance the general bereavement ministry services in your parish. Participants will explore the many faces of loss & grief and will receive practical information about forming a parish-based ministry. Pre-registration is mandatory and class fee including material is $175.

Upcoming Classes:  Fall 2019: Two classes being offered on Tuesday Mornings & Saturday Mornings at the Archdiocesan Center in Newark, NJ

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CLICK HERE for the Saturday Class Flyer

Pre-registration is MANDATORY and you must be able to attend ALL classes.

To register contact Lauren Tamara by phone 973-497-4327 or email

Bereavement Facilitator Gathering
Please join us for a gathering of bereavement facilitators! Anyone who ministers to those who have suffered any type of loss is welcome to attend the morning. The schedule includes a mini-training related to the topic of loss & grief, presentations by facilitators with practical suggestions and activities, group discussions and fellowship with other ministers. Light Refreshments will be served. 
Main Presentation:
Connie Palmer
will speak on
Supporting Teens and Children
Coping with Loss
Connie Palmer, LCSW has been the Clinical Training Director of Imagine since Imagine was founded in 2011, coordinating nights of support, providing training for Imagine facilitators and offering training on grief and loss in schools, workplaces and community organizations.
 She is a licensed clinical social worker who is an experienced teacher, therapist and school counselor with more than thirty years of experience working with children, youth and their families.
 Connie has a B.A. in Elementary Education and taught school for many years before getting her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has attended The Center for Grieving Children’s Train the Trainer and Alan Wolfelt’s Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training.
 “I have learned from my work at Imagine that knowing how to support someone who is grieving any type of loss and knowing what to say and not to say is a life skill that can be learned with support and guidance.”

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'Surviving Divorce" Facilitator Training Course

There's no such thing as "Catholic divorce" but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. “Surviving Divorce” is a program here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where the participants personally encounter Christ with all His love and tender mercies.Thousands of years ago the blind, deaf and dumb ran to Jesus for healing and He still invites them to come to Him today. Those who are in need of healing from civil divorce or separation want to learn how to rebuild their lives. There is hope through experiencing the love & mercy of Jesus Christ through His church and people. Please consider bringing the 12 week program Surviving Divorce to your parish. This program can be facilitated by any clergy, religious, permanent deacon, pastoral staff member or layperson designated by the parish. This one-day training is for any clergy, religious, permanent deacon, pastoral staff member or layperson chosen by his or her parish to facilitate the program. This session will offer in-depth instruction on all aspects of advertising, facilitating and administering the program. The processes of grief, loss and transition are emphasized, as are listening and communication skills. Facilitator must meet Archdiocese safety requirements. The training cost $75.00 includes lunch & all materials. Class runs bi-annually in December and June. 

Upcoming Classes: December 7, 2019 


Contact Lauren Tamara 973-497-4327 or