Grief and Loss
I was on holy ground recently making space to talk about loss.
My friend commented on a new ease of granting people permission to talk about death, where such conversations were less acceptable pre-pandemic. I heard of the grieving of three loved ones, two vigorous men in the prime of their lives and one elderly father. One of the men was a friend from commuting to London and the other was a known and loved schoolfriend, and an NHS frontline worker.
Yes, grief was apparent, questions and sadness, however this story was more about journeying on with the widows and families of those who had died. I heard of endless practical support, sorting finances and packing up a house, also the apparent random clicking of friendships, laughter down the phone, the surprisingly effective support through text messages, everything gratefully attributed to the thread of God’s Spirit being at work.
This article is from...
Articles in this issue...
Many ways to pray
However long prayer has been part of our lives, it’s good to take the long view from time to time. Do our regular ways of praying give us life and nourish our faith? Reflection is always healthy, creating a space into which God’s Spirit can blow afresh.More
When her mother was in care, Gaye Hailstone knew that her spiritual needs were simply not being met.More
Creation care: eco church
St Mary’s, Kelling Heath, achieved an eco church Bronze award.More
This is a new telephone befriending service to which five churches from the Great Yarmouth area signed up last spring.More
Committing to climate change
The UK is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November.More
This is a team of qualified coaches who love sport and love Jesus.More
We acknowledge racial injustice exists and abhor this injustice.More
Zoom room prayer
Internet technology has brought us the blessing of gathering in prayer online, enabling people to respond in the fellowship of others, whatever our circumstances.More
This charity supports those new to Norwich – often refugees and asylum seekers – through English classes in city churches, but the ‘+’ in its title refers to everything else on offer to help people integrate well and form friendships.More
King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter
Established in 2017 by King’s Lynn Churches Together, the Winter Night Shelter has risen brilliantly to the challenges brought by Covid.More