Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Two parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Huddersfield are using their Elizabeth Prout Bereavement Care training to accompany those mourning loved ones.
With the support of Parish Priest Fr John Carlisle and Deacon James Aitchison, Maureen Crossley and Christine Furber arranged their first ever session of Grief Companionship which was attended by three parishioners.
The free and confidential sessions are to be once a month (next session to be announced) and held in the Heeran Room of English Martyrs Catholic Church, Teddington Avenue, Dalton HD5 9HS .
Attendees appreciated the fresh flowers, refreshments, reflective music and prayer and support resources, saying ‘The little extra touches made the session feel comfortable.’
People were welcomed with a prayer, later having group and one-to-one discussions. The session ended with a prayer of thanks to God for providing Christine and Maureen with the skills to deliver the agenda through studying on the Elizabeth Prout Bereavement Care ‘Living with Loss: Grief Companion Training’ course at The Briery in Ilkley.
All felt the hour’s session was worthwhile – but an hour and a half would be even better! The parishioners said: ‘I felt lighter leaving after our conversations and look forward to seeing future dates on the bulletin.‘
Once those future dates are available, they will also appear in the Events Calendar of this website – and anyone wishing to attend Maureen and Christine’s sessions at English Martyrs in Dalton can email: email@example.com
Bereavement ministers have completed the excellent ‘Living with Loss: Grief Companion Training’ from Abi May and all have appropriate DBS clearance.
To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Briery on 01943 607287
If you have completed the course and are offering this Bereavement Care in your own parish, the best way to publicise this across the Diocese is to send details to email@example.com