Number of pages: 28
Accompanying someone through their journey of grief is something that we are all called to do at some time or another, whether as an immediate relative, as a close friend or neighbour. For priests and pastoral workers, it is one of the most important aspects of their work.
This short, practical guide draws on almost fifty years of pastoral experience of attempting simply to ‘be there’ for the dying and the bereaved.
It begins by reflecting on accompanying those approaching death and the fears that they and their families face, and the inability at times to accept or talk about what is really happening.
Wisdom is shared on visiting the family after a death, funeral planning, dealing with difficult family relationships, the importance of including the family – young and old alike - in the rituals of the funeral, taking the funeral of a child, and the importance of continuing pastoral care once the funeral is over.