Tag Archives: Bereavement

Remembering loved ones past and present at weddings

One of the joys of this summer is to have presided at my first weddings. The first was the fulfilment of a prophesy, at least for me, as having a vision of me officiating at my first wedding had been one … Continue reading

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The gospel of our lives – considering our own mortality

The most recent study weekend of my ordination training, was one of the most useful encountered so far as it focused on our future ministry with the dying and bereaved. But as part of the weekend, a reflective session encouraged … Continue reading

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Cross-border funerals and bereavement care

Our parish churches and their ministers, have certain responsibilities. These include, as I understand it, the requirement to baptise, marry and bury those who request such ‘occasional offices’. Whilst reflecting recently on my own past practice in taking funerals, I … Continue reading

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A Honey-coloured grief at Christmas

Those who know us well, or follow my ramblings on Twitter, will know that the last couple of weeks have been strained by the fact that we had our wonderfully chaotic, demanding, some-what psycho, seven year old terrier dog ‘Honey’ put … Continue reading

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Life and Lives Lived – a fresh expression of All Saints and Souls?

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of sharing in ‘A Service Celebrating Life and Lives Lived’ at All Saints, Minstead in the New Forest. The village church was filled with light and colour as people from all over the area … Continue reading

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Love suffers – a reflection for those remembering

This is the season of remembering. When we remember it makes raw old wounds, the pain of previous partings, and the emptyness of suffering. Recently my father read the following reflection at a friends funeral, and again this last weekend … Continue reading

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Helping Children Deal with Grief

When my son was about six, one of those people with ‘grandmother’ status in our family died. My husband and I had discussed previously that we would explain clearly but simply to him what had happened. Our son was already … Continue reading

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Beyond the grave at #gb11

I’ve spent much of my ministry as a Reader in the last 12 months focusing on the funeral ministry here at St Peter’s, developing my ministry in this field alongside helping to nurture the parish’s during our recent vacancy. Though … Continue reading

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A few thoughts… on the passing of a family treasure

A few may have noticed that my blogging became rather sporadic before Christmas. It was due in part to a family bereavement, when my husband’s Gran died aged 97. Various things, like clearing Gran’s flat, took a greater priority than … Continue reading

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As I called to mind – All Souls

I have to say that preparing my talk for this afternoon’s All Soul’s service was one of the harder things I have had to do so far in ministry. I am indebted to Rosalind both for her comments on my … Continue reading

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