Bethany Training Weekend, Part 2, Nov. 15-17, 2019: COMPLETED

Teardrops and Hope? (Photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.)


Bethany training is for parish-based groups to support others in their grieving journey.

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Training Weekends in Esker: September 27th-29th (completed), and part II on November 15th-17th.

What is Bethany Support?

Bethany Bereavement Support is a parish-based group ministry,which aims to help those bereaved and grieving. The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Martha and Mary on the death of their brother, Lazarus. This service originated in the Archdiocese of Dublin and has, for some years past,  been extended to the West of Ireland.

What does the Group do? 

Members of Bethany Bereavement Support Groups in a parish

  • offer support -not counselling - to the bereaved
  • Are available in a parish to those who have been bereaved

    A Welcome for tears; photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

  • Accept those who are bereaved as they are
  • Provide the bereaved the opportunity to talk in confidence to a trained listener
  • Help the bereaved to come to terms with death
  • Help the bereaved to learn to live without the deceased
  • Help the bereaved to move on with their lives
  • Offer help with the Liturgy at the time of death.

 How does one become a member?

As this is a Parish Ministry, those wishing to become members should contact the priest

The Pain of Loss: (Photo: Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.)

in the parish. Application forms can then be forwarded. An interview will follow in the weeks prior to the course.

To enable parishes to set up  Bethany Bereavement Support Groups, training courses are provided over two weekends, one course in Spring, the other in Autumn.

These courses are residential in Esker Retreat House, Athenry, Co. Galway. The programme for each weekend commences with registration on Friday at 7pm and ends on Sunday at 4pm.

Individuals and teams travel to Esker from places as far as the north of Donegal, and  deep in County Cork, and all parts in-between.

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For information contact: Maureen Casey, tel. 087 2376977 or email


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