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Bereavement Notices

As an expression of our Vincentian personalism, the Division of Mission and Ministry will send out a broadcast communication to the university community upon the death of an employee, a member of the immediate family of an employee, or retirees, according to the Bereavement Notices policy.  For the bereavement notice policy for students, see the Responsibilities Regarding Deceased Students policy.

Procedure:
Upon the death of an employee, the employee's immediate supervisor should forward all bereavement information to MissionAndMinistry@depaul.edu.

Upon the death of an immediate family member of an employee, either the employee himself/herself or the employee's immediate supervisor should forward the bereavement information and must include the direct request/permission of the employee. To respect privacy concerns a university-wide bereavement notice announcing the death of an employee or retiree will only be sent with the permission of the deceased employee's next of kin. In the case of retirees, this permission should be sought by the Benefits section of Human Resources.

All bereavement information should be sent in a timely fashion and should include as much information as possible about the deceased and the wake/funeral arrangements. Ideally, the information would include items about the deceased, the deceased's survivors, and the wake/funeral/memorial arrangements that typically appear in a printed newspaper obituary. A digital copy of the obituary, or notification of where/when the obituary will appear is also helpful. The Division of Mission and Ministry will send out a broadcast communication to the university community (Faculty, Staff, and Retirees) as soon as possible after receiving all necessary information.

In the case of the death of a university employee or retiree, if a university memorial service is to be sponsored at a later date, an additional notice may be sent to the university community. Ideally, where possible, this information should be posted in the initial bereavement notice and in all cases should be facilitated in communication with the Division of Mission and Ministry (MissionAndMinistry@depaul.edu.) 

Contact us:
For general or other questions about bereavement notices, memorial services, or other pastoral care for faculty and staff of the DePaul community, please contact the Division of Mission and Ministry at MissionandMinistry@depaul.edu or Mark Laboe, Associate Vice President for Faculty and Staff Engagement, at mlaboe@depaul.edu or 773-325-4004.  For the pastoral care needs of DePaul students, please contact Rev. Diane Dardon, Director of Religious Diversity and Pastoral Care, at ddardon@depaul.edu or 773-325-4792.  ​