Grief Support

Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services (CFCS) of Colorado is dedicated to providing caring support before, during, and after the end-of-life process, thereby fulfilling our core purpose of “Filling the Void of Loss with Faith.” CFCS Colorado has partnered with Saint Raphael Counseling (a ministry of the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Charities) to provide a Grief Support Program to the families we serve. Through this partnership, CFCS Colorado offers a tiered grief support program to meet the needs of our families and to help families navigate the journey of grief.

The Grief Support Program offers the following services to families served by CFCS Colorado through the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary and is also open to the public as part of our community outreach.

Grief Support Program

A Partnership between Archdiocese of Denver CFCS Colorado and St. Raphael Counseling, a Ministry of Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Charities.

The following services are offered to families served by CFCS Colorado through the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary and is also open the public as part of our community outreach.



General Grief Support Class

Grief Support Classes will be offered virtually via Zoom to families on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM.

While we do not offer counseling at these sessions, these sessions will be led by a certified counselor from St. Raphael Counseling Services.

The classes will cover the following topics:

  • Understand your experience of grief
  • Distinguish between grief, depression, and traumatic stress
  • Understand the elements of grief and apply to a one’s personal journey
  • Develop strategies to help cope with grief

There is no fee for this class.

Sign-up for each class will end at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the class.

Individuals can sign up to attend this class using the button below.



General Grief Support Group
  • A Grief Support Group will be offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
  • To participate in the Tier 2 Grief Support Group, individuals must receive a referral from attending the Tier 1 Grief Support Class.
  • The Grief Support Group is facilitated through a certified counselor from St. Raphael Counseling.
  • The Grief Support Group will meet virtually using a secure platform to allow for professional counseling support.
  • Individuals will be allowed to participate in the Grief Support Group for up to three months.
  • Individuals will need to complete all regulatory forms required for professional counseling. This will be facilitated by St. Rafael Counseling.
  • There is no charge for this service.


Referral to Certified Counselor to Provide Extended Support
  • Individuals needing additional support beyond the three support group sessions will be provided referrals to additional counseling services that the individual can access.
  • Funding for these services will be the responsibility of the individual.

Focused Grief Support Program

CFCS Colorado is pleased to announce that we have expanded our grief program to provide specialized support for specific groups with varying needs. We will host a class and support group for each of the following groups:

• Individuals who experienced the death of a loved one by suicide

• Parents who experienced the loss of an adult child

• Parents who experienced the loss of a young child (born or unborn)

Each class and support group will virtually meet over Zoom. Attendees will also be invited to be part of a smaller support group following each session. These sessions will meet virtually as well. Both the classes and the small groups are offered free of charge. These sessions will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Loss by Suicide

  • April 17, 2024
  • July 17, 2024
  • October 16, 2024

Adult Child

  • May 15, 2024
  • August 21, 2024
  • November 30, 2024

Young Child

  • June 19, 2024
  • September 18, 2024
  • December 18, 2024
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Spiritual Support Initiatives

Monthly First Friday Mass

For more than 100 years, Mount Olivet has had the tradition of holding a Mass, on the first Friday of the month, to pray for all those individuals in our care at our various cemeteries. The public is invited to join us at 6:30 PM on the first Friday of the month at the Mount Olivet Chapel for this special Mass. Families are also able to view the Mass through a livestream. Links for each month’s livestream will be listed on our social media pages, as well as on the First Friday webpage (below the "Future Dates" section), next to the date of the Mass

Accompanying the Mass will be a scrolling video listing all the individuals who have come into the care of the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary during the past month.

All are invited to take part in this monthly Mass.

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Deacon Calling Project

The grief journey can be a difficult spiritual path for many. Deacons from the Archdiocese of Denver call the families served through our mortuary for several weeks after their loved ones' services. During these calls, the Deacons check in with and pray for the families, as well as discussing additional supportive resources. If additional spiritual guidance is needed, families will be referred to their local parish.

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For more information, contact us!

Grief - Eternal Rest Video Series

Eternal Rest is a video series produced by the Augustine Institute in collaboration with CFCS Colorado.

What Is Grief?     
What Is A Healthy Roadmap For Grief? 
Is It Ok To Mourn?
How Do I Mourn With Someone? 
How Do I Balance Caring For Someone Else And For Myself? 
Why Do We Suffer? 
What Do Catholics Believe About Miscarriages? 
How Do I Grieve A Miscarriage? 
How Do I Respond To a Loved Ones Terminal Diagnosis? 
How Do I Talk With a Loved One About Dying? 
What Do Catholics Believe About Suicide? 

The Grief of Suicide

Talking About Suicide     
Hope in the Face of Suicide 
Mercy After Suicide
What Do Catholics Believe About Suicide? 

Grief Resources

How to Talk with Someone Who is Grieving    
Grieving During the Christmas Season │ Presentation at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery     

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