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After the loss of a loved one, the world can seem dark and lonely. If you’re grieving a loss, the temptation to self-isolate, cocooning away from the rest of the world. Having the support of others, however, is important for the healing process. Grief shared is grief lessened, and when you talk to other people about your lost, it can help you ease your own burden. If you have a good support system in place, your friends and family can be a wonderful resource. It can also be useful, though, to participate in a grief support group.

There are different types of support groups, for different types of losses. There are groups for widows and widowers, people who have lost a child, and even those suffering a loss due to suicide or overdose. There are faith-based support groups, to help you connect with like-minded people. You can find a support group with which you feel some sort of connection, or you can just find one that’s convenient to you and works with your schedule. You may even want to try out more than one group so that you can find one that’s a good fit.

The important thing is to go. Grief is subjective, but in a support group, you’ll find others who are experiencing pain similar to what you’re enduring. Some will be further along the path to healing and can help you find ways to cope with your grief. Others might benefit from hearing your story and listening to your insights. Shouldering one another’s burdens is something that we can all do to help each other face difficult times in our lives.

At the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose, we offer a drop-in support group on a monthly basis. Held at the O’Connor Hospital Chapel on Forest Ave in San Jose, the Solace: Soul + Grief group is meant to be a sacred space to share grief, and no RSVP is necessary. Every month we delve into a different scripture, to inspire sharing, discussion, and support.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of the Catholic Community in San Jose, California. Committed to providing a sacred place where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting, we welcome you and your family to visit our properties and experience the peace of these prayerful places. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer them. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need more information about our events and groups, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-0379.


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