The process of grief is a journey through darkness, brokenness and HOPE. Throughout life we experience loss of one kind or another. Grief is the normal response to losing what we love. Life is also very good and deeply enriching. It holds many promises of growth and experiences of joy. During our time together, we will allow ourselves to reverence “where we are” on the journey. We will rest our pain in the tender presence of God and one another.
Mary Lou Pappola, a Franciscan Companion in Mission, had been a social worker for the Burn Center of Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Mary Lou began the Hospice Program at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and co-facilitated a bereavement support group and a cancer support group. She is actively involved in advocacy issues.
Jean Ustasiewski, OSF, is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia who serves on the Franciscan Spiritual Center staff. Previously Jean served the congregation as the director of its associate program, Franciscan Companions in Mission, and as a pastoral counselor and school guidance counselor.