What important qualities and knowledge are required in Christians helping the bereaved? How might growth of these qualities and this knowledge be encouraged among members of the church?
‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes. While many may try hard to minimise the latter, none of us can avoid the former. Death is one human experience that we can all anticipate with absolute certainty’ (Legood/Markham 1:2003).
Death and dying are inescapable aspects of the human experience, and at some point in everyone’s life it is inevitable that they will have to face the death of a loved one, but how each person deals with that situation is different. For some it may be a relief …show more content…
Practical: Practical help can also be useful, as it is difficult for many grieving people to ask for help. They often feel guilty about receiving so much attention, fear being a burden, or are too depressed to reach out. Initially their situation can be eased by offers of help, such as; making telephone calls to let people know about the death, preparing a meal even if it is left uneaten, contacting the church minister and funeral director, and help with organising flowers, cars and liturgy. Help with paperwork such as insurances, bank accounts, bills, etc., with school runs, DIY, and shopping, can all make the transition easier to