Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lisa Irish bLisa Irish, a chaplain and spiritual director, will offer the special presentation "The Sacred Art of Grieving" at 2 p.m. on May 6 at St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford.

As the bereavement coordinator for Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Irish has ministered to grieving individuals, groups and community organizations.

This program is meant to provide support to adults who are grieving and to offer creative insights to all who attend.

Loss is part of the human story and grief is an ally in the process of recovery, she says. "The Sacred Art of Grieving" will offer tangible ideas for navigating loss and present key reminders about the path toward healing. Through her personal and professional lens, Irish will share current bereavement teaching and spiritual wisdom, affirming that grief is, indeed, a sacred journey.

Irish brings hospital chaplaincy experience, spiritual direction, retreat leadership and a life of prayer to a creative understanding of transforming loss. A board-certified chaplain and a Mercy Associate with master's degrees in education and theology, she is the author of inspirational publications and regular “Glimmers” on her blog at 

Copies of her book, Grieving — the Sacred Art: Hope in the Land of Loss, published in April by Skylight Paths, an Imprint of Turner Publishing, will be available at the conclusion of the program. 

Richard Rohr, OFM, says of the book, “The roadmap is wise, but sensitive – grounded in hope – and reminds us to rest in God’s healing love.” 

The presentation by St. Raphael Parish is open to the public. For informatio,n call 203-874-0634 or 203-877-4020 or go to the parish website