Facing loss can make us think about our own death, but where can we get help with our questions?
There are some big questions about death, dying and life beyond death that everyone must think about at some point, but perhaps family and friends don’t like to discuss it.
The Christian faith holds the hope that death is not the end. If this is something you’d like to talk about some more, contact your local church to see how they can help.
The vicar at your local church has lots of experience in talking about the big questions of life and death. Anything you ask or say will be in confidence. If these are things you want to talk about, get in touch, or go along to a church service to find out more.
In 2014, a new scheme called GraveTalk has been trialled among 30 churches within and around the Staffordshire area and now more churches are beginning to try it out.
The events are run especially for people in the local area to gather, have light refreshments and talk openly about death. Find out more.
If this looks interesting to you, ask your local church if this is something they offer, or might consider offering.
A series of ‘death-cafes’ are emerging across the country. Dying Matters, an organisation which raises awareness about death and dying, offers comment via its blog.
But sometimes, just a conversation with friends or family can begin to break the ice on the subject. You might find that others have similar questions to you.
The funeral itself marks a particular moment as life changes after the death of someone you knew and love. As time goes on after the funeral, the experience of grief continues. Read on for some help and guidance about what grief might be like.
When news comes that someone special to someone you know has died, you want to help in someway. But it can be difficult to know the right thing to do. You may want to send a card, you may plan to go to the funeral, but there may be more that you can do. Find out here how you can support your friend in one of life’s hardest moments.