Diocese of Chichester

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.