Grief Share Ministry

Are you grieving over the loss of your loved ones?

Are you looking for a place to process your emotions, share stories, and seek healing in a communal setting?

Are you seeking a Christian based program that invites you to go deeper in your relationship during the time of grief?

“Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.” (

We invite you to join us at Living Faith United Methodist Church as we start a new group in September. This is a 13 weeks program involving reading, discussion, and watching videos from the curriculum together.

Due to the safety policy during the pandemic, the number of attendees is limited 12 people. If you are interested in joining the group, please pre-register by emailing one of our group leaders, Monica Boudreau <> or calling the church at 860-928-9705.

Date: September 10 (Thursday) – December 10 (Thursday)

Time: Thursday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Place: Living Faith UMC (53 Grove St. Putnam, CT 06260)

Registration Fee: $20 (This covers the participant book. If you write a check, please make it payable to Living Faith UMC)

Click below for pre-registration.

Group Leaders

Monica Boudreau

In the middle of the night, on July 2, 1993, I learned that my 18 year old daughter, Amy, had been killed by a drunk driver. I wish that Grief Share had been available to me at that time. My grief journey was very long and very painful, but I am here twenty-seventy years later to help others go through the journey with the help of GriefShare. I have learned how to live a new “normal” and to find joy in speaking her name and sharing memories.

I have been a Christian for forty-two years and a member of Living Faith UMC in Putnam CT just as long. I have a bachelor’s degrees in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and have served my church as Youth Group leader, Sunday school teacher, co-leader for Disciple Bible Study three times, small group leader for our elderly at Ella Grasso, and leader for the Pray-ers! prayer group.

I know that this ministry is meant to be at this particular time and with two other facilitators, Dennis Deary Sr. and Susie Porter. I look forward to facilitating thirteen weeks of GriefShare and helping those who are dealing with loss of a loved one to go from mourning to joy. Praise God for His incredible love!

Dennis Deary

Since Carol’s passing in August 2019 I have been working to deal with my grief.  My daughter in-law’s mother whose husband  also had passed invited me to a Grief Share at her church.  I said yes and it turned out to be the most wonderful and helpful program that really helped me deal with my grief.  So when I was asked to be a leader in a Grief Share at the Living Faith United Methodist church I was very interested and said yes.  I also love the fact that Grief Share is a God centered approach to Grief.  I have been involved with my church for over 30 years including youth ministry, confirmation, preparing adults for entrance into the church, and the music ministry.  I have been on many retreats with many different groups of people over the years.

Susie Porter

Hi, my name is Susie Porter. My daughter Kali when home to our Lord Jesus Christ one year ago this past July fourth. Kali was just 20 years old. Kali lived with Rett Syndrome. With her weakened immune system she developed pneumonia. Through hospice we cared for her at home.

I joined Grief Share 2 months after Kali’s passing. Grief share helped me process my jumbled thoughts, talk out my crazy emotions, connected me with others who understood my grief and helped me in my healing through its Christ centered program.

True healing can only happen with Christ. This is why I wanted to be a part of the Grief Share ministry and to bring people in touch with their source of healing…Christ.