As people who are frequently involved with aspects of death and dying, clergy can be surprised and even feel guilty when they find it difficult to cope after suffering a close bereavement of their own. This should never be seen as indicating weakness or a lack of faith, but is rather a mark of being human. Hospices will frequently offer specialist counselling and there are other organisations that might be helpful:
- Cruse offers bereavement support.
- Age UK offer some practical advice and support through local centres.
- UK Care Guide offer a helpful guide on bereavement.
The NHS provides useful information about the bereavement process (including practical information about what to do when someone dies) and external links to specialist organisations.