M. Donna MacLeod

M. Donna MacLeod, RN, MSN, is nationally recognized for her work in bereavement ministry. Inspired by the loss of her youngest child and the compassionate response of her parish in 1988, MacLeod began faith sharing groups for those who mourn. Her innovative work rooted in Catholic traditions evolved into the Seasons of Hope program.

A seasoned educator and facilitator, MacLeod consults with parishes and dioceses across the country and conducts training, workshops, mission days, and retreats. She is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers and served on the board of trustees of the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. Author of the Seasons of Hope Guidebook and companion participant journals, MacLeod has also written articles on grief for various publications and has also written CareNotes and PrayerNotes. MacLeod volunteers in the Diocese of Fall River (Massachusetts) and lives on Cape Cod with husband, Bryan, and can be reached at seasonsofhope35@gmail.com.

Bringing Hope to the Bereaved in Your Parish: Insights from the Seasons of Hope Approach