December 13, 2023

Companions on a Journey


“We live in the presence of death and die in the presence of life.”

– by Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast



The statement above resonates with accuracy and profundity. Yet, it overlooks a crucial aspect of the human journey that one day will confront us all: grief.

For all those residing in the shadow of death, the path of grief unfolds, leading into the shadows of uncertainty. However, the comforting truth is that no one is obliged to tread this path alone.

Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in partnership with Companions on a Journey, acknowledges the profound nature of the journey that all of us undertake in the face of death. However, we recognize that this journey is accompanied by the often challenging path of grief, a dimension not to be overlooked.

In collaboration with Companions on a Journey, our shared commitment is clear: no one should navigate the landscape of grief alone. We extend an invitation to you to join us, as companions on a journey together, offering understanding and support, as we explore the complexities of grief and loss. It’s essential to recognize that everyone grieves differently and that there is not a timeline set for the grieving process.

Our gatherings are grounded in compassion, providing a non-judgmental space where trust is honored. Together, we aim to assist you in restoring emotional balance and regaining strength for the journey ahead – step by step, moment by moment, hour by hour, and day by day.

Join us for “Understanding Your Grief” sessions at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, located at 11000 Montgomery Road, on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Our meetings take place in the administration building, in Saint Peter’s Chapel.

Please register through any of the following options:

QR code, or visit,

or call Companions on a Journey at 513-870-9108

The upcoming dates for the sessions this new year are:

January 9, 2024

February 13, 2024

March 12, 2024

April 9, 2024

May 14, 2024

June 11, 2024

Together we begin healing today, so that we can continue living in hope for tomorrow.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4