The death of a family member or friend confronts us with one of life’s most difficult and painful challenges. The Pastoral Bereavement Program of the Archdiocese of New York is the Church’s response to God’s call to comfort those who mourn. The Program began more than 20 years ago and has grown to include over 50 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New York and works under the guidance and leadership of the Vicar General, Monsignor (Msgr.) Gregory Mustaciuolo.

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Support Groups

Parish-based bereavement support groups, facilitated by trained volunteers, are the cornerstone of our Pastoral Bereavement Program. Our bereavement ministers are lay people, deacons and religious who have been trained in bereavement ministry and who are committed to their work with the bereaved. Many of our volunteers have been called to this ministry through their own experience of loss, while others are very active in parish-based ministry and have recognized the need for programs to support those who are grieving. The support groups typically meet in a parish setting and are open to people of all faiths. While the support groups vary in format and meeting dates, our bereavement ministers’ goal is to provide a safe place where the bereaved can share their experiences with others, learn about the process of grief and be supported by their Church family during a difficult time.


Events, sponsored by the Family Life Office, are held periodically around the archdiocese. Information on upcoming events will be posted in the news section of the main Bereavement page and or the Events page.

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