Seasons of Hope: Guidebook

Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 1, 2007


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 Hopeoffers 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.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9781594711114

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “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 
    Executive Director
    National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved

  • “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

  • “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

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Seasons of Hope Brochure (.pdf)
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Seasons of Hope Brochure (.doc)
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Seasons of Hope Prayer
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Seasons of Hope Sessions-at-a-Glance
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Season One Survey
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Season Two Survey
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Season Three Survey
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Season Four Survey
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