The death of someone is always a difficult time, and grief is a natural response, often expressing itself in feelings such anger, numbness and confusion. At these times, the Church can provide you with a safe haven, and a priest and community willing to be there for you so that you can work through what has happened, and what is happening. The Christian faith proclaims the victory of Christ over death in his resurrection at the first Easter, and the hope that flows from this to all people.
Under normal circumstances, after somebody has died, the funeral directors will contact the Vicar of the parish, who will then arrange to visit the close relations of the bereaved person to offer support, and help to make arrangements for the funeral, whether this is to take place in one of our churches, or in the chapel of a cemetery or crematorium. However, anyone who has had a bereavement is also welcome to contact the parish directly.
Once a month, we celebrate a Requiem Mass in which we pray, among others, for those whose funerals have been in the previous month. They are also remembered at an annual Requiem Mass on or around All Souls Day (2 November). The families of those who have had funerals in one of our churches, or conducted by one of our clergy or readers, will be notified of the details of these services.
A group offering support to those who have recently been bereaved is : Cruse Bereavement Care Cruse House, 126 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1UR Tel: 020 8939 9530 cruse website