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Seasons of Hope: Guidebook

Seasons of Hope: Guidebook

Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups 

Author: M. Donna MacLeod

Price: $19.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-111-4

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 1, 2007

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Pastoral leaders will welcome this parish-proven, highly adaptable, and Christ-centered bereavement program. Created by nationally recognized hospice care and bereavement specialist, M. Donna MacLeod, following the death of her daughter nearly twenty years ago, Seasons of Hope offers twenty-four scripture-based sessions for those who are grieving. These are organized into four six-week seasons that are self-contained and non-sequential. All group sessions follow the same simple format and flow with a comforting blend of commentary, scripture, prayer, simple group exercises, faith-sharing, and Catholic tradition. Seasons of Hope is highly adaptable to fit the individual needs of the grieving in the parish. The comprehensive guidebook and four participant journals, one for each season, give you everything you need from beginning to end.


"A way to walk with hurting families."

"At the death of a loved one––in this time of sadness and sorrow––our Catholic parishes continue to be a place of hospitality and comfort for the bereaved. Seasons of Hope provides parishes a way to walk with hurting families beyond the Mass of Christian Burial, luncheons, and receptions."

Most Rev. John G. Vlazny, Archbishop of Portland (Oregon)

"A wonderful resource."

"MacLeod shares profound testimony to God’s intent for healing through grief. This resource will be of great value to those who provide bereavement support. Seasons of Hope will be a wonderful resource for parish nurses and others."

Rev. Deborah L. Patterson, Executive Director
International Parish Nurse Resource Center

"Christ-centered approach."

"Set in the context of the faith community Seasons of Hope is a well organized, prayerful, reverent, and Christ-centered approach to assist persons through the pain of mourning."

Mary Ann Wachtel, PhD, SFCC, Executive Director
National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved

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