Catholic Social Services offers bereavement support groups.

For additional support programs or groups in other areas of the Diocese, scroll to the bottom.

Grief and Loss
Together Finding Ways to Making Sense of it All

Losing someone we love truly hurts, leaving us with so many unanswered questions and a multitude of conflicting emotions. At first, we may turn to family and friends to share our grief; but as time goes on, we may find it difficult to reach out to them. It becomes difficult for them to understand our feelings.

The basis of the group is to allow individuals to share their experiences, feelings, emotions with others who are on the very same journey. In the sharing, often we discover new ways of coping, and begin to discover new strength and hope.


2021 Groups

We are not currently offering in-person group sessions, but hope to do so in the Fall.

We do offer two online sessions on Tuesdays, one at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

Click on either of the following links to register:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.  Once registered, you can attend any session in your chosen time slot.

There is no fee to participate.

**One-on-one sessions can also be arranged.
The contact information is listed below.

For more information, please call 508-674-4681, Ext. 111  or 774-253-4097
​or E-mail: rsaraiva@cssdioc.org


Additional Grief Support

Hospice & Palliative Care Support Group

VNA of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. Offers discussion & support groups for those who are grieving.

They offer General Bereavement Support and Widows & Widowers Group in Fall River, Raynham and Fairhaven, MA. They are free of charge and open to the public.


Nancy Arnold
Tel. 508-973-3227

Falmouth Area Seasons of Hope

Seasons of Hope offers Catholic scripture-based sessions for grievers. This faith sharing group will meet for six weeks allowing grievers to draw on Scripture for help and reassurance.

Sessions are held at:
St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family
167 East Falmouth Highway
East Falmouth, MA


M. Donna Macleod, RN, MSN
Tel. 508-477-1401
seasonsofhope35@gmail.com

Dyer-Lake Support Group
North Attleboro

Group sessions are offered free of charge and held each month to assist members of our communities who have lost a loved one. This group is open to all members of the community, regardless of whether Dyer-Lake has served your family.

Dyer-Lake Funeral Home
For more information visit Dyer-lakefuneralhome.com


Meghan Cavanaugh, MSW, LICSW
Tel. 508-695-0200

HopeHealth Southeast MA & RI

HopeHealth serves all of Southeastern, MA and RI. They provide individual grief counseling and support groups throughout the year. They also offer bereavement services for children.

To Register for online support groups: centerforhopeandhealing@hopehealthco.org


HopeHealth
Tel. 508-957-0200 or 888-528-9077

New Bedford YWCA

YWCA offers a widowed persons program. This program is open to all widowed individuals, who are going through the grieving process.  It offers outreach, a listening ear, support groups, referral services, social outlets, and a monthly newsletter and there is no fee for participation.


Jane Rocha
Tel. 508-957-0200
jrocha@ywcasema.org