Grief Ministry Events


Blessed are Those who Mourn

A Concert with Classical Pianist Mila Belakova
in Honor of Grief and Gratitude

As an introduction to the Diocese of Rapid City Grief Ministry, we invite you to an evening of remembrance for the loved ones you are grieving with adoration, candle-lighting, and a concert with classical pianist Mila Belakova.

Join us to remember your loved one by lighting a candle in their memory and praying in presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ with Eucharistic Adoration in the Cenacle at Terra Sancta Retreat Center beginning at 5:45, followed immediately by the concert.

The candle-lighting is open to anyone grieving a significant loss and registration is only required if you’d like to receive a personalized memorial candle.

Rapid City Bereavement Support Groups:

Bereaved Parent Support Group

This is a ten-week non-denominational support group held at Terra Sancta Retreat Center for parents who have lost a child. It is facilitated by Eric and Melissa Rineard, using the Understanding Your Grief book by Alan Wolfelt. For more information on the next session, contact Melissa at 605-755-8504

Heal Your Grief

When a loved one dies, we are wounded. Just as a wound does, we need to heal from within, to express our thoughts and feelings. A support group is a safe place where you can talk, cry, and share your anger, guild and fears with those who care and understand. Heal Your Grief is an eight-week non-denominational support group held at Blessed Sacrament Church. It is open to all Christian adults who have lost a loved one due to death. For more information, contact George Wallace at 605-721-3811 or Dee Pickarts at 605-343-2038, email FamilyLife

Fall Sessions begin the last Monday of September 6:00-8:00 pm

Winter Sessions begin the last Monday of January 6:00-8:00 pm

Rapid City Grief Support Events:

Held: A Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents

Join other grieving parents as together we discover the Lord’s presence in our grief. In this retreat you will find a series of talks and stories, each cradled by opportunities for prayer and contemplation.

The retreat is designed and led by bereaved parents Dionne Eastmo and Brianne Edwards under the direction of a local priest.

The retreat is rooted in the Catholic tradition, but is open to all grieving parents who are seeking to be held by our Lord.

Retreats will be scheduled as interest allows.

Behold and Beheld

A 2-hour virtual prayer retreat available anytime!

This retreat was created in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day that takes place on October 15th each year.

Behold and Beheld, organized by Kelly Breaux with Red Bird Ministries, Elizabeth Leon with The Journey to the Beloved, and Brianne Edwards with Lach’s Legacy, is our gift to the Church.

We all come as families of child loss to pray with you and honor the life of your precious child. Registration is free but required for pdf materials. Upon checking out, you will get access to the video that will be delivered to you via email.

We are honored to pray with you in memory of your beloved children.

Run for Their Lives!


This event a casual and family-friendly Mother’s Day 5K race/run/walk held each year on Mother’s Day from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish.

This event is a place to gather the people that we love and participate together in memory of the children that we are missing.

It is a place to celebrate motherhood in its fullness of love, joy, gratitude and sorrow. We invite bereaved mothers to have their children included on our list of children remembered and their names will be listed on the back of our event t-shirt.

Red Bird Ministries Grief Support App

You are welcome to join the first Catholic-focused grief support app and community haven for families of child loss to find solace and resources.

Red Bird Ministries app is a central place where families can come together and support one another through difficult times of loss.

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