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Resource and Reference List:

  • A Personal Journal of Prayer, Reflection and Hope, Marguerite Heenehan, c. 10/2001, The Catholic Cemetery Association, Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.

  • After The Funeral (Book for Children), c. Jane Loretta Winsch, 1995, available from Paulist Press, New York and Mahwah, NJ

  • Archdiocese of Boston, Revised Policy and Instruction on The Order of Christian Funerals, April 5, 1999, available from The Office of Catholic Cemetery Association or Office for Worship, Archdiocese of Boston.

  • Built of Living Stones, Art, Architecture, and Worship, Guidelines of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops,c. 2000, United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Washington, DC., ISBN 1-57455-408-5.

  • Care at the End of Life, Resource Notebook, Prepared by and available from The Office of Health Care Ministry, 617-789-2457.

  • Catholic Prayers, c. 2002, LTP, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

  • Catholic Update (C1097), “Cremation, New Options for Catholics”, by Fran Helner, c. 1997, St. Anthony messenger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210.

  • Catholic Update (CO593), “The ‘Last Things’: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell", by Carol Luebering, c. 1993, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210.

  • Catholic Update, (CU 0683), “Overcoming Grief: Ten Suggestions”, by Arnaldo Pangrazzi, c. 1983, St. Anthony messenger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210,

  • Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints and Mysteries of the Christian Calendar, Mary Ellen Hynes, c. 1993, Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, Il.

  • Console One Another, A Guide for Christian Funerals, Terence P. Curley,c. 1993, Sheed and Ward, Kansas City, MO, available from Andrew Lane, Peabody, MA.
    Curley, D. Min., c. 1995, Alba House, N.Y., available from Andrew Lane, Peabody, MA

  • Death, A Sourcebook about Christian Death, Compiled by Viriginia Sloyan, c.1989, Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL.

  • Facing Death Together, Parish Funerals, Margaret Smith, c. 1998, Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications.

  • Grant Us Peace, c. 1991, 2002, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Handbook for Ministers of Care, Second Edition, Genevieve Glen, OSB, Marilyn Kofler, SP, Kevin O’Connor, c. 1997, Archdiocese of Chicago, , Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 No. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60622-1101.

  • Harvest Us Home, Good News as We Age,Rea McDonnell, SSND, Rachel Callahan, CSC, c. 2000, Congregation of the Holy Cross and School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Anthony Messenger Press.

  • Healing the Broken–Hearted, Consoling the Grief-Stricken, T. P.

  • How Can I Keep From Singing? Thoughts About Liturgy for Musicians, Gabe Huck, c. 1986, LTP, Chicago, Ill.

  • Lessons from the School of Suffering, A Young Priest With Cancer Teaches Us How to Live,Rev. Jim Willig with Tammy Bundy,c. 2000, by Jim Willig and Tammy Bundy, St. Anthony Messenger Press.

  • Liturgy With Style and Grace, Gabe Huck, c. Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 No. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60622-1101.

  • Personal Planner for Prayer at the Time of and Following My Death, Marguerite Heenehan, c. 2003, The Catholic Cemetery Association, Inc., 100 Cummings Center Suite 421F, Beverly Ma 01915.

  • Personal Reference File, Marguerite Heenehan, c. 2003, The Catholic Cemetery Association, Archdiocese of Boston, Inc., 100 Cummings Center Suite 421F, Beverly Ma 01915.

  • Prayers During the Night, c. 2003, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Prayers for Later Years, c. 1996, LTP, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

  • Prayers in Times of Crisis, c. 2003, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Prayers of the Sick, c.1995 Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Prayers of Those Who Mourn, c. 1995, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Prayers With the Dying, c. 1997, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Rites of the Sick, c.1995 Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • Six Steps for Managing Loss, A Catholic Guide Through Grief, Curley, D. Min., c. 1998, Alba House, NY.

  • Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons, published annually by LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • The Catholic Cemetery Association, Inc., Cemetery Rules and Regulations, available from The Catholic Cemetery Association, 100 Cummings Center Suite 421F, Beverly Ma 01915

  • The Catholic Cemetery Association, of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc., Monument Guidelines, Flag, Planting and Vigil Light Policies, available from The Catholic Cemetery Association, 100 Cummings Center Suite 421F, Beverly Ma 01915.

  • The Catholic Cemetery, A Place of Prayer, Remembrance and Peace, Marguerite Heenehan, c. 2000, rev. 2001, The Catholic Cemetery Association, Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.

  • The Catholic Cemetery, A Sacred Place, Marguerite Heenehan, c. 1999, rev. 2001, The Catholic Cemetery Association, Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.

  • The Catholic Cemetery, A Vision for the Millennium c. 1997, National Catholic Cemetery Conference, Des Plaines, IL.

  • The Death of a Christian: The Order of Christian Funerals, Revised Edition, Richard Rutherford and Tony Barr,1990, by the Order of St. Benedict Inc., Collegeville, Minnesota.

  • The Liturgy Documents, A Parish Resource, Volumes I and II, c. 1991, 1999, Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 No. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60622-1101.

  • The Liturgy Documents: The Roman Missal (Lectionary and Sacramentary).

  • The Ministry of Consolation, A Parish Guide for Comforting the Bereaved, Terence P. Curley D. Min., c. 1993, Alba House, N. Y., available from Andrew Lane, Peabody, MA.

  • The Order of Christian Funerals, Ritual Edition, (the Roman Ritual) with Appendix 2: Cremation Rite, Catholic Book Publishing Co., New Jersey, 1998 or Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL.

  • Through Death to Life, Preparing to Celebrate the Funeral Mass, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, In.

  • Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers, published annually, LTP, Chicago, IL.

  • www.ccemetery.org, The Catholic Cemetery Association, web site, includes a Liturgical and Events Calendar, , Workshop Listings, Seasonal Reflections, Special Programs and New Development Information, etc.

  • Your Grieving Child, Answers to Questions on Death and Dying, Bill Dodds, c. 2001, Bill Dodds, published by Our Sunday Visitor, Inc, Huntington, In.

Infant/Child Death Support Groups and Literature

The following is a list of organizations which can be accessed for support or for literature pertaining to the loss of an infant or child and in some cases other types of loss. Some of these have web addresses as well as telephone numbers and street addresses

  • American Psychiatric Association, 1400 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 682-0850. Provides referral information about Licensed Psychiatrists in your area – http://www.psych.org.

  • American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5500, 1-800-964-2000. Will use your zip code to locate and connect you with referral system in your area (US and Canada).

  • Centering Corporation, P. O. Box 4600, Omaha, NE, 68104, (402) 553-1200, Fax (402) 553-0507. Sells literature on death, dying, and coping with bereavement issues, including infant loss, divorce, illness, disability, death of children, adults, pets. Catalog available by request.

  • Compassion Books, 477 Hannah Branch Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714, (828) 675-5909, Fax: (828) 675-9687. Over 400 resources to help children and adults through serious illness, death, loss, grief and bereavement.

  • The Compassionate Friends, Inc., National Headquarters, PO Box 3696, Oak Brook IL 60522-3696, (630) 990-0010, Fax: (630) 990-0246, toll free 1-877-969-0010. A self-help organization of bereaved parents with many local chapters. For families who have had a child of any age die from any cause.

  • Grief Recovery Help Line, (800) 445-4808. A public service of the Grief Recovery Institute Foundation, the hotline is free of charge and provides personal help with loss and grief of all kinds.

  • Pen Parents, Inc., PO Box 8738, Reno, NV 89507-8738, (702) 826-7332, Fax: (702) 829-0866, e-mail: PenParents@aol.com. A correspondence network for parents who have suffered the tragedy of pregnancy loss or the death of a child. A good resource for professionals too.

  • S.H.A.R.E. (National Office), St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301-2893, (800) 821-6819, (314) 947-7486. Offers support to families who have had a miscarriage, still birth or infant death. Provides a newsletter, network of worldwide support groups, literature and referrals.

Archdiocese of Boston Ministry Offices

The following archdiocesan offices also offer the ministry of compassion, consolation and support to the dying, those who care for the dying, those who mourn the dead .and those who minister to the dying and the bereaved.

  • The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, 100 Cummings Center Suite 421F, Beverly Ma 01915, 781-322-6300, www.ccemetery.org.

  • Office of Parish Outreach Ministries/Health Care Ministry- 617- 789-2457, outreach to shut-ins, the terminally ill, and their caregivers. Formation programs for ministers of care and parish volunteers.

  • Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston - 617 - 482 - 5440, 154 programs in eastern MA including counseling, emergency assistance, parish social ministry, etc. www.ccab.org.

  • Family Life Office - 617-783-2451 - Educational and formational programs for ministry teams. Development of Bereavement Outreach programs.

  • Office of Worship and Spiritual Life- 617-779-3640/617-746-5880, Parish and cluster retreats, days of reflection for caregivers and the seriously ill. Opportunities for prayer and reflection on the spiritual journey through suffering, dying and death. Formation of the Laity, Ministers, Ministry Teams, Consultation to parishes regarding worship and worship spaces.

This is only a partial list.  The catalogs of the major publishing houses for Catholic formation as well as other houses and web sites are also good sources for information, resources and reference materials.


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