Could you help the bereaved in our community?

What are we planning? We are launching a new bereavement support service in the Parish. The plan is to

* offer visits to bereaved families who have funerals at All Saints;
* provide support and a listening ear;
* signpost to other resources.

Why visit? Bereaved people can feel isolated. Sometimes we find it difficult to join organised activities or find a safe space to talk about our journeys of grief.

Who is involved? Sian Cheverton (a local semi-retired GP), Susan Osborne (a trained counsellor, lay pastoral minister and who is married to one of our curates) and Madeleine Morris (a trained counsellor and lay pastoral assistant).

Can you join us? We need three strands of supporters

* visitors;
* administrative helpers (e.g. for anniversary cards);
* prayer supporters.

How? To start with, we invite all interested parties to come and join us for two initial workshops. These are provisionally booked for Monday 27th November and Tuesday 5th December from 7-9pm in the Church Hall. We hope to consult with you and learn from one another’s experiences so that, together, we can develop a shared understanding of what it means to visit a bereaved person. There will be no commitment to becoming a visitor at this stage. If you would like to attend the workshop, or find out more, please talk to Susan Osborne (07926 833684), Sian Cheverton (01572 755286) or Madeleine Morris (07754 414437) or one of the ministry team.