I recently wrote in this space about grief and loss, which prompted one reader to ask for further guidance on the topic. The reader wanted to be able to share feelings of grief and loss with others, without having the conversation devolve into a communal commiseration.
Sister Gabrielle Rowe, ASC
Sister Gabrielle Rowe, ASC has served in a wide array of roles. She taught high school and college classes, did pastoral care as a hospital chaplain, did paralegal work for Legal Aid, and coordinated programs and services for older adults. She also served her Adorers community as provincial councilor and as general councilor in Rome. She has a doctorate in Literature and Language from the University of Michigan.
A year and a half ago, another sister and I developed a ministry program for the sisters at our Ruma convent that focused on our common experiences of loss and grief. Every five or six weeks, a small group of sisters comes together to share feelings and insights on a topic related to personal or communal loss, for example, at the death of a member of the Ruma local community.