Good Mourning Ministry is a bereavement, loss, and grief work center, birthed out of a need to serve people who are hurting.
We minister hope and healing to hurting people.
Our logo design is the sunflower because it represents hope towards the future.
“…for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.”
Reverend Caffie Risher has early recollections of walking dirt roads in the south with her grandmother, Jessie Mae where they would take care of relatives and community members when there was a death in the family or if someone was sick and needed help. Both her mother, Earlene Williams Risher, and grandmother taught her Christ-care, compassion, and pastoral concern for others at an early age.
In her daily walk, the scripture, “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) was clearly demonstrated throughout her home and neighborhood. Additionally, it continues to resonate in her being. For, it is life’s experiences, her own mortality, death of loved ones, personal loss, grief, educational experiences, and certifications that have all shaped and equipped her for this journey to minister hope and healing to those who are hurting.
Rev. Caffie believes that death is a natural part of life and that sometimes during the human life cycle one may need to consider grief work on how best to deal with their loss and Ars Moriendi – the art of dying in the Lord.
EducationRev. Caffie’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in TV and Radio Broadcasting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master of Arts degree in Corporate and Public Communications with a minor in Non-profit Management from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary where she also successfully served as President of the Association of the Black Seminarians for the 2007-2008 academic year. Presently, Rev. Caffie is pursuing a doctorate of ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
Certification & MembershipsRev Caffie is certified in Thanatology from the Art of Dying Institute. Additionally, she holds certifications in Grief Recovery; Bereavement and Spirituality from San Francisco Theological Seminary; End of Life Doula from Valley Hospice and Clinical Pastoral Education/Chaplaincy Program from Valley Hospital. She is a member of ADEC; the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, and has received the Chaplains Professional Development Institute Certificate of Completion for Ethics: Contemporary Issues and Options and the Nondenominational Movement and Chaplaincy. Rev Caffie also holds the following certificates from the Entrepreneurial Training Institute, the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Paterson program, William Paterson University’s Non Profit Management and Bergen Community College’s Non Profit Leadership program.
TrainingShe also holds certificates on the completion of the V.I.P. Instructor Training for the Prison Fellowship Ministries, Dennis Cramer Prophetic Ministries-School of the Prophets (Levels I and II); Theophostic Ministry- a ministry based upon biblical principles of inner healing; and Victory Ministries - Ministering Spiritual Gift.