Bereavement Ministry

Grief is a life changing experience.

As Christians, we celebrate and give thanks for the promise of eternal life, but grief is inevitable. We provide a place of support, prayer, resources, and encouragement in the midst of loss and sadness. 

Grief and Hope Series
Twice a year we offer a four-week series providing support and resources for those who are dealing with loss. To learn more, contact The Reverend Lisa Saunders, who leads this series.

Bereavement Ministry Team
The Bereavement Ministry Team meets monthly to write handwritten letters of sympathy and support to parishioners who experience the death of a spouse, parent, sibling, or child. Grieving parishioners receive a letter every month for a year following the death of their loved one, as well as helpful information about the nature of grief and loss. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, contact The Reverend Lisa Saunders704-714-6952.

Caring Guild
Members of the Caring Guild provide receptions after funerals. The receptions provide a wonderful opportunity for bereaved families to receive the support of the friends and family who attend the funeral. To serve on the Caring Guild or learn more about this ministry, contact Lois Ann Partridge at  or 704-364-5318.

Widower's Group
For men who have lost their spouse, this group is offered three to four times a year. To learn more, contact The Reverend Lisa Saunders, 704-714-6952.

All Saints' Day Eucharist
We celebrate All Saints' Day (November 1) with a service of remembrance, during which the names of all those parishioners and loved ones of parishioners who have died in the previous year are included in the prayers. Parishioners grieving the loss of a family member are invited to a luncheon following the Eucharist. To learn more about this service or to help with it, contact Jennifer Hamm at  or 704-714-6951.

Pet Memorial Garden
It is natural to feel grief and sadness when a cherished pet dies. Your pet's ashes may be buried in the Christ Church Pet Memorial Garden, located in the green space adjacent to the upper parking lot. Guidelines and resources are available here »