When someone close to us dies we may feel a range of strong emotions including anger and sadness. We may also feel confused, lost, vulnerable, or uncertain about our future. The Chaplains have experience of listening to people talking about their grief and bereavement. We understand that grieving takes time. We also know that bereavement can raise important issues about meanings in daily life. This can be a time therefore when for some people religious beliefs become more important or need to be questioned.
Funerals and Memorials
Funerals are usually held close to the time of death. The Chaplains have experience of preparing and leading funeral services (within their own faith tradition). The Chaplains can offer support and advice to any member of College who is organising a funeral or to those attending a funeral for the first time (and want to talk about what to expect) You can also talk to the Chaplains if you are attending a funeral of a colleague or course member and want to find out about funeral rites in a faith tradition other than you own.
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In the months after the funeral people sometimes find it helpful to hold a memorial service or event. In an academic community this is a time for colleagues from the same research area or students from the same course to gather to remember and give thanks for the person who has died. A memorial also reminds us that grieving is a long process that has different aspects over the months and years.
Chaplains have experience of working with both staff and students to prepare memorial services and events. The Chaplains are sensitive to ways in which different religious and secular beliefs can be incorporated and acknowledged when members of an academic community come together to remember and give thanks for someone they have known and loved who has died.