Bereavement Supplement 2016

Grief is a journey, and The Tablet offers this bereavement supplement with practical and spiritual advice to help readers along the way.

Rituals Provide Comfort on Death Anniversaries

A tricky thing about grief is that it is not a one-shot deal. Although it is often strongest when it’s first experienced it can sneak up at any time. It especially reappears on the anniversary of the death of a loved one.

Church Clarifies Guides on Cremation

While the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home.

Prayers Assist the Dead on Path to Heaven

Praying for the dead might not make sense to nonbelievers but for Catholics it is part and parcel of the faith tradition, rooted in Old Testament readings and supported by the Catechism and the church’s funeral liturgy.

Support Groups Offer Safe Space for Talking About Loss

Partners Around Loss through Support, or PALS, a bereavement group primarily for children in Eagan, Minn., is helping youngsters open up about their feelings and talk about their anger, grief, sadness and even happiness.

Catholic Charities Provides Path to Healing

Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted, and the Bereavement Services Program of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens takes that mission seriously by serving bereaved individuals, regardless of faith or culture.

Through Story of Personal Loss, Anglican Priest Helps Others

The Rev. Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest and missionary to South Africa, was critically wounded by a letter bomb in Zimbabwe in 1990. The blast severed both his hands. He lost an eye and his eardrums were shattered. With support, he began his healing journey.

Memorial Prayer Service in Belle Harbor Nov. 19

Anyone who has recently lost a loved one is invited to attend a Memorial Prayer Service in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor, on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m.