St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows

Grief and Loss Support Group

Mission Statement

The mission of the Grief/Loss Support group is to help individuals understand the process of grief and mourning, normalize feelings and facilitate the healing process. The group is a safe place to express feelings and thoughts without the fear of being judged.

When Do We Gather


GRIEF/LOSS DAYTIME - (Marisa Vitali, LMSW, & Pat Zoch, Coordinator)

The daytime Grief/Loss Support Group meets for 8 week sessions on Thursday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at varying times throughout the year.  Contact the Parish Office to determine if a session is currently in progress.  Registration is not required.

Understanding Grief

When someone you love dies, grieving the death is often one of the most profound forms of sorrow.

There are a number of specific behaviors frequently associated with grieving.  These can range from sleep and appetite problems to absent mindedness and social withdrawal.

Some feelings associated with grief and mourning that are experienced by grieving individuals are: shock, disorganization, anxiety, anger, explosive emotions, guilt, regret, sadness, yearning, depression, relief and release. Your way of feeling and expressing grief is unique to you and the nature of your loss. There is no order or timetable for grief.


It is helpful for grieving individuals to understand the need to mourn.  The needs of each individual may include but are not limited to the following:

Accepting the reality of the death.
Letting yourself feel the pain of the loss.
Remembering the person who died.
Developing a new self-identity.
Searching for meaning.
Letting others help you.

There is an appointed time for everything,
And a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal:
A time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to sew;
A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.