The Funeral Ministry Team was formed to assist the Parish Priest in meeting with the family members of the deceased to discuss and prepare the Funeral Rites. Our Funeral Ministry members are empathetic people who are sensitive to the grief a family experiences after the loss of a family member. Meeting with a compassionate team to work through the details of the Funeral Mass or Service can be a comforting experience for the family during a difficult time. Funeral Ministry members might also conduct funeral services in the absence of the priest when approved.
(l-r) Claudette, Barbara, Sandy, Fr Greg, Greg and Lorraine (absent: Pat)
- Fr Greg Barker
- Greg Byrne
Greg has been a member of the Forster Tuncurry Church community since 1976 and involved in the Funeral Ministry Team since 2001. He has seven adult children and eight grandchildren. His 37 year marriage to Lauranne ended in 2015 when Lauranne passed away after a ten year struggle with breast cancer. Due to his own life experiences, Greg is aware of the sometimes painful journey through grief to peace and acceptance and is prepared to accompany others through their own challenging times.
- Claudette Cheetham
- Barbara Dolahenty
Barbara was born at Temora, NSW. She enjoys living in Forster. She is married with 3 sons, 1 daughter and 10 grand-children. Barbara worked in Aged Care for 6 years and then in an Operating Theater for 27 years. She also has a long history of volunteer work with 10 years Scripture Teaching, 10 years Lifeline Telephone Counseling, 11 years with the St Vincent de Paul Conference and is currently a reader at Mass and Communion Minister at the hospital as well as being a valued member of the Funeral Ministry Team.
- Sandy Ross
Sandy has lived in Forster/Tuncurry for 4 years. She has been a member of the Funeral Ministry Team for about 3 years. She has helped families through the ministry with preparing the funeral booklets, giving support and being there for the family. Sandy has experienced her own grief through the loss of her baby girl and her parents.
- Lorraine Thomas
After coming to Forster for many years to holiday Lorraine and her husband moved here to live 8 years ago. Soon after she joined Pink Ladies at Forster hospital. About 3 years ago she became a member of the Funeral Ministry. In the last couple of years she has lost a sister and brother and feels this experience helps her to be aware of how people may be feeling at a similar time.
- Pat Tough
If you are interested in joining our Funeral Ministry or would like more information send us a message via the Contact Us page.