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This friendship & support group continues to meet every second Tuesday of the month throughout the year for all those who may be finding it difficult to adjust to their new circumstances after losing a loved one.
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The Bereavement Care Visiting Team has a main objective of showing God’s love to the bereaved people of Crofton Parish.
The minister who conducts the funeral will be in touch with the Bereavement Team co-ordinator who then arranges for a member of the team to contact the next of kin to enquire if a visit would be helpful. Some useful leaflets on bereavement and details of groups and services provided through the Crofton Churches, are also given to the next of kin, whether or not they have a visit. This information is normally delivered by hand.
The Bereavement Care Visitor will also leave their telephone number and the number of the Churches’ administrator so that contact may be made later if required.
The aims of the Bereavement Care Visiting Team are to share with the ministers the care of the bereaved, to visit if required and support and listen to those who have lost loved ones and to offer practical advice if needed. The Visiting Team members are not formally trained bereavement counsellors, but all have attended training courses on listening and are experienced parish visitors.
Anyone who’s loved one’s funeral service has been dealt with through the parish will be invited to come to the annual Memorial Service at Holy Rood Church, Stubbington on the 3rd Sunday in October at 3pm. This gentle, sensitive service provides an opportunity to remember that special person and to light a candle if wished. Tea and cakes are served afterwards in the Church Centre, with opportunity to talk to clergy and members of the bereavement visiting team.
The service is open to anyone who has been bereaved whether recently or a while ago.