Bereavement can be a truly isolating experience at any time – but perhaps never more so than during the recent lockdowns, when restrictions prevented so many from finding comfort in a listening ear. As a result, many people have felt unable to express and process their grief.
Comfort and practical guidance for the bereaved and those who support them
Grief counsellor Gail Millar and lay minister Jill Phipps – both members of the Anna Chaplaincy network – draw on their years of experience supporting older people in the latest Anna Chaplaincy resource.
Free to download, this 80-page booklet offers comfort for the bereaved and practical guidance for those who support them. Sharing over 20 personal stories from across a wide spectrum of society, it also includes theological reflections, prayers and advice for walking sensitively alongside those who are grieving.
Included in this useful guide are:
- Practical, compassionate suggestions to help those recently bereaved, under the headings In the first week, Personal, Physical, Practical, Processing, Purposeful
- A range of diverse personal stories, each accompanied by the authors’ insights on what each experience tells us about grief and our response to it
- A biblical reflection
- A prayer.
Our prayers and thoughts remain with all those who have entrusted us with their story but also the thousands of others who have not had the opportunity yet to share their story and are stuck in their grief journey. We pray that this little booklet will get into the hands of the right people and that it will be just what they need to bring them hope, comfort and a sense of connection.
Gail Millar, Anna Chaplain and grief counsellor