Coping at a time of bereavement is understandably difficult and the Ministry Team at Christchurch can support you in a number of different ways:
Working seamlessly with your appointed Funeral Director so that funeral arrangements are carried out with dignity, compassion and respect;
Visiting you before the funeral to listen, to offer you support, and to make necessary arrangements for the service itself, whether in church or at the crematorium. The minister will explain the service to you clearly and give you an opportunity to choose hymns and readings;
The opportunity at some point in the future to hold a Memorial Service;
Inviting you to our annual ‘Time to Remember’ service towards the end of October / early November which is a very quiet, informal and reflective service giving space for people to pay their respects and remember their loved ones;
Supporting you in our prayers in church leading up to the funeral service, and beyond; and also at the anniversary of the death of your loved one.
Offering ongoing support. Rev Mark is a trained listener and qualified in mindfulness based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with considerable experience of funeral ministry and bereavement support.