Mum reaches out to grieving families

Bridget Sakr with her children Michael and the late Veronique (The Catholic Weekly/Supplied)

Bridget Sakr, whose 11-year-old daughter Veronique was killed by a drunk driver earlier this year, has launched a weekly prayer gathering for families experiencing grief. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Ms Sakr said she wanted to offer something for the many families who experience trauma and tragedy but are not blessed with the “amazing support” that she continues to receive.

Addressing a gap in the services of many grief counsellors and psychologists, she decided to offer a place online for people to come together in prayer and bring their loss, trauma and grief to God in a supportive and safe environment.

“I wanted to create something that would honour Veronique through helping people in their grief and suffering,” Ms Sakr said.

“My faith is what keeps carrying me through this, it is my faith that gets me out of bed and tells me that I’m going to see my daughter because there is eternal life,” she said.

Last month Ms Sakr launched heartFELT (which stands for Families Experiencing Loss and Trauma) with support from the Grief Care team at Sydney Archdiocese’s Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria. A weekly online prayer gathering, heartFELT includes time for meditation on a theme, discussion, and prayers led by Bridget.


Bridget Sakr reaches out to grieving families (By Marilyn Rodrigeus, The Catholic Weekly

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