Divorce / Grief Support
If you are Divorced, Separated or Widowed, please know that the Catholic Church is here to walk with you. You are not alone. Below are links to parishes with active ministries dedicated to helping and assisting individuals who are going through these difficult and painful experiences.
Below is a list of programs that can help.
A core value of the Beginning Experience ministry is an affirmation of the sanctity and indissolubility of marriage. For many couples, death brings about the end of the marriage all too soon. For others, due to the many failures of our human nature, a relationship often ends despite great efforts to save it. The loss of the marriage relationship is one of the most traumatic losses a person can know. The Beginning Experience ministry is rooted in the Catholic faith tradition, and serves all who wish to work through their loss, whether of a different faith tradition or none.
The purpose of the Beginning Experience is to facilitate the grief resolution process for adults who have lost a spousal relationship through death, divorce or separation, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others and God. For more information, registration, dates and locations, please visit the Beginning Experience website.
Catholic Divorce Ministry
Catholic Divorce Ministry is the ministry of the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, Inc., working since 1974 to create a network of support for families experiencing separation and divorce. CDM speaks to the Church with the united, collective voice of separated and divorced Catholics. Through our Central Office, conferences, member groups, ministry leadership training, resources, and liaisons with church and civic organizations, CDM has substantially improved the entire family’s experience of divorce by addressing the religious, emotional, financial, and parenting issues relative to separation, divorce, and remarriage. For more information, please visit the Catholic Divorce Ministry website.
A self-help organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved families that have experienced the death of a child. When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
The Diocese of Fort Worth sponsors a grief program through a network called "Compassionate Friends." This association assists individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. For more information, dates and locations, please visit the Compassionate Friends website.
Divorced & Separated Ministry
Separation and divorce from a loved one can be a shattering experience. Not only do you face the loss of a loved one but also the loss of a dream. A seven week support group gathering is offered in the Fall and Spring at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth. Please contact Monica Molina for more information.
The WARM Place
The WARM Place provides grief support for children ages 3 ½ - 18 years of age and their families, as well as young adults 19 - 25 years of age who have experienced the death of a loved one. For more information, please visit the WARM Place website.
Marriage annulment is a process by which a marriage is declared null and void, as if it never existed sacramentally. It is a solemn declaration that the marital union lacked certain essential elements required for a valid marriage.
Parish Grief / Support
The following list of parishes have programs for those going through divorce, or who have need of grief support. Please contact the parishes for more information.
The Diocese of Fort Worth is dedicated to a Safe Environment. We offer extensive and mandatory training for all employees and volunteers. Please contact the Safe Environment office if you need assistance or to report an abuse or concern.
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