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‘Loss and HOPE’ website launched
Care for the Family, Hope Together, At a Loss and the Church of England have developed the Loss and HOPE website, with the aim of equipping churches to support the bereaved. The website, which was launched at Lambeth Palace on 5 March 2020, features numerous resources and helpful links.
The project’s new website is intended to be a hub to resource, or direct churches to resources, in the lead up to someone’s death, in their funeral ministry and in supporting the bereaved throughout their grief journey. Churches are being invited to share ideas and initiatives to help equip each other in becoming loss aware and to support the bereaved.
Loss and HOPE, which is being jointly run by AtaLoss.org, the Church of England, Care for the Family and HOPE Together, aims to serve churches of different denominations across the UK.
Archbishop Justin Welby said: “Over the last few years in this country, there has been a real opening up of conversations about bereavement in our society. We’re beginning to realise the huge impact that losing a loved one can have on every area of a person’s life. As a result, increasing numbers of people are likely to reach out for help to process loss – and this is presenting the Church with a special opportunity for outreach to our communities.
“I’m really excited about Loss and HOPE, because it’s not just an initiative – it’s a movement. It’s about resourcing and encouraging churches – across the denominations, across the country – to work together in offering the compassion of Jesus and love of God when someone is bereaved.”
Visit the website here.