Grief Support Resources

~specially curated for grieving parents~

You will find that many of our resources listed are focused on the loss of a child. However, we invite and encourage anyone who is grieving a significant loss to explore these resources. We think you’ll find that many of them will speak to your grief no matter the loss you have experienced.

Children’s Memorial Garden at Terra Sancta

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Children’s Memorial Garden

A holy place where families can celebrate and remember their children who have returned to God.

This is a beautiful, peaceful, meditative, inspiring, and holy place, where the veil between heaven and earth feels thinner. It is a place to feel the Lord’s comfort in your grief, and to hope in the joys of heaven.

Located at Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City.

Click Here to consider having a placard engraved with your child’s name included in the memorial.

Prayer Recommendations for Grieving Catholics

Prayers for Grief on Hallow

Hallow is a Catholic meditation, prayer, and sleep app. It offers a 14 day free trial. Click each of the images below for direct link to that prayer. 

Chaplet of Rachel’s Tears

This beautiful prayer was written by our own Fr. Leo Hausmann, with an Imprimatur from Bishop Muhich.
For a custom made chaplet of prayer beads please contact our diocesan hermit at smcjacobsocarm@gmail.com

PDF: Chaplet of Rachel’s Tears

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary by Our Lady of Kibeho

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, which have been approved by the Catholic Church.

Click Here for a Written Guide to the Seven Sorrows Rosary

Click Here to pray a 7 Sorrow’s Rosary with Bri Edwards and Many Hail Marys at a Time

Litany of Waiting

This prayer by Fr. Mark Toups is from the book: Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture: Year A

It will help you pray through the waiting, uncertainty, sorrow, and suffering that comes with your extraordinary grief.

PDF: Litany of Waiting

Lach's Legacy Novenas

Novenas for your Loved One’s Birthday and Anniversary of Death

Lach’s Legacy is offering two novenas to accompany you in prayer through YOUR seasons of heightened grief.

Sign up to receive these novenas and they’ll be sent right to your inbox in the 9 days leading up to your loved one’s birthday and the anniversary of death.

Sign up to receive the novenas here

Catholic Books for those who are Grieving

Recommended Book List

This link will take you to an Amazon list of books recommended by our Catholic Grief Ministry team. Some of these books will directly address grief, others address topics that can be closely associated with grief, such as understanding our interior movements, surrender and abandonment to divine providence, understanding of suffering, and trust in God’s love. 

Faith-filled Blog Articles for a Grieving Heart

Lach’s Legacy Blog

These blog articles are written by Brianne Edwards, one of our Diocese of Rapid City grief advocates. Bri writes with vulnerability and gentleness, grounded in her Catholic faith, as she shares her experiences with grief after the unexpected loss of her son.

Also check out these articles written by Bri as guest blogs on other platforms.

Red Bird Ministries Blog

Reading stories or reflections in grief always helps our families to find comfort and see the heart of someone wrestling with grief. Take a look at our blog and dive into helpful content that will truly touch your heart.

Check out this article: My Mission Begins in Heaven

Praying Through Ministries Blog

This is a Christian ministry equipping and emboldening men, women, and children with Biblical support and encouragement as they journey through the difficult seasons of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Child Loss.

Listen: Playlists of Music and Podcasts

Spotify Music Playlist

This Spotify playlist assembled by our Catholic Grief Ministry team is designed to help you invite God’s grace into your grieving heart and soul. 

Making Sense of Suffering Podcasts

In this Spotify playlist of Catholic podcasts, we invite you to take a dive into some beautiful episodes that will help you make sense of suffering, trust God’s goodness, and find purpose in your pain.  

Organizations that Offer Grief Support

Red Bird Ministries

Red Bird Ministries is a Catholic grief support ministry for bereaved parents. They offer a robust collection of resources including retreats, one-on-one comfort calls, spiritual direction, a community app to connect with other bereaved parents, a blog, a podcast, and more…

The Lourdes Center

The Lourdes Center is the grief ministry offered through the Diocese of Sioux Falls. They offer counseling, a variety of grief support groups and retreats, as well as Camp Sydney for grieving children.

Lach’s Legacy

Lach’s Legacy is a nonprofit based out of Rapid City with a mission to provide connection, comfort, and hope to families who have experienced the loss of a child, especially the unexpected loss of an infant. 

Catholic Grief Counselors in the Diocese of Rapid City

Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services has several available counselors. When you call for an appointment, they’ll pair you with the counselor that they believe will be the best fit for you. 

Branch and Vine LLC

Jason Stamper is a licensed professional counselor in Rapid City with a particular interest in trauma. He could be a great fit for those experiencing flashbacks, nightmares, or continued effects from their traumatic bereavement.

IDDM by the CatholicPsych Institute

This is a nontraditional form of therapy that is done daily through a messaging app. Mentors are all coming with a Catholic understanding of the human person, and provides a uniquely integrated approach to God’s work of healing.  

Faith-filled Quotes of Comfort

Check out this PDF of Catholic Quotes for those who Grieve

Free PDF Downloads to Answer Questions about Grief

Artwork and Images

Sacred Artwork to Inspire a Grieving Soul

Our Lady of the 7 Sorrows, Adriaen Isenbrandt (1520)

The First Mourning (Adam, Eve and Abel), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1888)

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pasquale Sarullo (1800s)

Mary Lamenting the Dead Christ (Pieta), Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1667)

Agony in the Garden, Frans Schwartz (1898)

Pieta, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1876)

Let the Children Come to Me, Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein (1800s)

Gethsemene, Carl Bloch (1873)

Pregnancy Loss Resources

Suicide Loss

Parish Support Groups

  • Blessed Sacrament, Rapid City
    • 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, guilt, and fears with those who care and understand.  Heal Your Grief is an eight-week non-denominational support group 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@diorc.org or Register Online here.Fall Sessions begin the Last Monday of September at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 4500 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Winter Sessions begin the last Monday of January at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 4500 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

  • Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Spearfish
    • Seasons of Hope Support Group for the loss of a loved one. Contact the church office for more information 605-642-2306
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