Light a candle
Lighting a candle can be a helpful way to pray for someone. An online candle will help you think about someone who has died and pray for all those who miss them.
You can do this by accessing the Light A Candle site: www. DofN.org/candle, but if you don’t have computer access you could still light a candle at home. Either way, you can then take a moment to think of the person you knew, and reflect on the memories you have of this person and say thank you to God for their unique life.
Now remember their family and friends, and all those who miss them. Ask God to comfort them and surround them with his love.
An appreciated role
Some of you may have seen the letter that Bishop Graham sent to funeral directors about how much their role is appreciated at this time. Responses included:
“Thank you so much for the letter. We really appreciate the kind words and your understanding of what we are facing.”
“It was a much welcome surprise to receive the letter and it has made me feel validated and valued in a way I hadn’t realised I needed. This situation is taking its toll on everyone, but I think few understand the emotional trauma and distress we have to face; it can sometimes feel I am juggling six whilst standing on Lego!”
“How lovely it was to receive this letter from the bishop. Please pass on my thanks to him. We are in extraordinary times, and that he has taken the time to consider us is
very much appreciated.”
“When I read this this morning, it melted me. It was greatly appreciated. It was a massive boost to know someone got what we are going through. Got me a bit teary eyed when I read it. At this time, we all need to be there for each other.”
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