Seasons of Hope Guidebook: Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups
M. Donna Macleod;
Pastoral leaders will welcome this parish-proven, highly adaptable, and Christ-centered bereavement program. Created by nationally recognized hospice care and bereavement specialist, M. Donna MacLeod, following the death of her daughter nearly twenty years ago, Seasons of Hope offers twenty-four scripture-based sessions for those who are grieving. These are organized into four six-week seasons that are self-contained and non-sequential. All group sessions follow the same simple format and flow with a comforting blend of commentary, scripture, prayer, simple group exercises, faith-sharing, and Catholic tradition. Seasons of Hope is highly adaptable to fit the individual needs of the grieving in the parish. The comprehensive guidebook and four participant journals, one for each season, give you everything you need from beginning to end.
M. Donna MacLeod, RN, MSN, is nationally recognized for her work in bereavement ministry. Inspired by the loss of her youngest child and the compassionate response of her parish in 1988, MacLeod began faith sharing groups for those who mourn. Her innovative work rooted in Catholic traditions evolved into the Seasons of Hope program.
A seasoned educator and facilitator, MacLeod consults with parishes and dioceses across the country and conducts training, workshops, mission days, and retreats. She is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers and served on the board of trustees of the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. Author of the Seasons of Hope Guidebook and companion participant journals, MacLeod has also written articles on grief for various publications and has also written CareNotes and PrayerNotes. MacLeod volunteers in the Diocese of Fall River (Massachusetts) and lives on Cape Cod with husband, Bryan.