Bereavement Ministry

Pastoral Support for Traumatic Death Ministry Guide
Apoyo Pastoral en el Duelo por una Muerte Violenta



"Train-the-Trainer" Materials and Resources

Below are a list of materials that are very helpful for ministering to homicide survivors:

Criminal Justice VS Restorative Justice

Center for Loss and Life Transition 


Salute to the Sun

Stages of Grief

Suggested Ways to Support Someone Who is Greiving (Spanish and English)

Struggles Survivors May Experience

Problems of Survivors

Saint John Paul II on Peace


Scripture Readings for the Bereaved

Prayer for the Grieving

Prayers of the Faithful

Memorial Garden Prayer

Support and Resources for Families & Victims: Links to non-governmental organizations that provide support, resources, and information for homicide victims’ families 

CAPACITAR Emergency Response Tool Kit by Dr. Patricia Mathes Cane

The following resources for A Day of Healing for Families of Murder Victims: "Recognizing God in our Healing Journey" are provided by Healing Hearts, Restoring Hope:

Calming Exercise--Meditation (Bilingual)

Agenda for Participants // Agenda with Facilitator Notes 

"With Me", "Conmigo" (Bilingual Poem)

Prayer of Rememberance (Bilingual)

The Journey to Emmaus/ El Viaje a Emaus 

"Recognizing God in our Healing Journey" with notes for Facilitators

"Recognizing God in our Healing Journey" Agenda (Bilingual)

"We Remember Them" (Poem)

Listening Session for Survivors of Violence (Biingual)

The following are additional resources to help in this ministry:


The Little Book of Peace by Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

When It Feels Impossible to Pray: Prayers for the Grieving by Thomas McPherson

No Time For Goodbyes (7th Edition) Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death by Janice Harris Lord

I'll Never Forget Those Words: A Practical Guide To Death Notification  by Janice Harris Lord and Alan E. Stewart

Spirtually Sensitive Caregiving: A Multi-Faith Handbook by Janice Harris Lord, Melissa Hook, Sharifa Alkhateeb, and Sharon J. English

Find more books for Children, Teens, Adults, and Parents including Spanish Resources at Compassion Books.


Reclaiming Life: Faith, Hope, and Suicide Loss

Changed Forever: Grieving the Death of Someone You Love


Notes from Participants at the Bereavement Ministry Training (April 10-12th, 2018)

Compassionate Listening

A Ministry of Presence