Grief Group

  •       An on-going Grief Support Group is offered for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. If you or someone you know is grieving the death of someone close, please consider attending this group. They typically meet every-other month and dates and times are announced on this website, on Facebook, and in the bulletin. Since the pandemic began, a Zoom option has been offered in addition to gathering in person. This group is FREE and there is no forced participation.
          Tom Bekkers, MSW, APSW, is the Facilitator, He is an Advanced Practice Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in professional counseling related to patients and family members faced with the challenges of health situations, lifestyle adjustment issues, death, and grief. Tom holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
          Tom is the co-author of “The Widower’s Toolbox:  Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse” which helps channel men’s grief into constructive tasks and provides tools to enable bereaved men to recreate lives that can be fulfilling once again.
          Tom and his wife Patty live in Denmark, and are members of St. James Parish. 

  • Next Support Group Gathering

    Continuing to Care for Yourself While
    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One


    September 12, 2021         12:00-2:00pm
    St. James Parish Hall

    Those who are grieving can feel pressure to move through grief at a particular pace and in certain ways. Many of your friends and family will begin to act as if life should be "back to normal" within weeks or months following a death. Attending to your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs while you grieve will be critical in your overall well being and future health. Finding ways to gently care for yourself through the pain and loneliness that grief brings will be one of the most important parts of your healing.