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"Yvonne brings a huge wealth of expertise and experience to the course" -Cliff College

Workshops for churches in supporting the bereaved and becoming bereavement friendly or a week long certificated course.

Every year in the UK over half a million people die in a culture that is generally death denying.  Millions are left bereaved and facing huge problems, with those around them not familiar with their troubles and sometimes contributing to the pain.  

There are many organisations offering excellent support but the bereaved seldom hear of them and local support is scarce.  Many struggle on alone after initial attention has waned, or they put their grief on hold, risking their mental health.

AtaLoss.org is committed to encouraging local support.  We offer: 

Practical seminars for conferences or church groups in supporting the bereaved and ensuring they feel comfortable in church.  

And an annual 5 day certificated course in Bereavement Ministry for church leaders and Christians working in community care.  (See information leaflet)

We also recommend Care for the Family's 1 day Bereavement Care Awareness Day for churches.

Following any of the above training we suggest churches regularly offer the HTB Bereavement Journey Course as a local provision for the bereaved.

We ask that churches running the course add their service to this signposting website so that bereaved people locally can be directed to them. Contact data@ataloss.org

For information about any of the above contact yvonne@ataloss.org

 

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It dawns on you quite suddenly that life is never, ever going to be the same again, that the whole world has changed in a moment.

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Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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Grief is like a long, winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

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C S Lewis, A Grief Observed

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Listening and support is essential for those walking through the dark valley of bereavement.

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Nigel Hand, Birmingham Cathedral

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Each year thousands of children and teenagers are left to cope with multiple issues around death without the support they need and deserve. Who can measure the impact of this on their education and wider social, emotional and spiritual development? That’s why the work of AtaLoss.org is so important: acknowledging their pain, working to meet their need and helping them move forward.

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Rev. Canon Steve Chalke MBE, Founder and Leader, Oasis Global and Academies

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AtaLoss.org will help equip church communities to rise to the challenge of supporting the bereaved. I am delighted to commend this important charity to you

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Bishop Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark

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I really regret not talking about my mother's death

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Prince Harry

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The GrabLife weekend was a safe environment to speak openly with people who truly understand.

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GrabLife guest

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I can honestly say going on the GrabLife weekend was the best decision I had made since losing my partner.    

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GrabLife guest

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There is no such thing as ‘very few losses’. We’ve all had tons of losses and we need to take ownership of them. We can be overwhelmed by them and go under, or we can recognise them as integral to living.

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Jim Kuykendall, Bereavement Therapist

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Each one of us can be a creative survivor.

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Judy Tatelbaum, Author

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Your deepest life message will come out of your deepest pain.

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Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church, California

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Having received a huge amount of support myself and seeing the work provided by AtaLoss, with such care and practicality, I’d like to contribute something too, that I might be helping others going through often bewildering loss.”

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Michael - participant in The Bereavement Journey

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We have seen at first hand the huge impact that doing the Bereavement Journey has made for hundreds of people. AtaLoss.org will enable this vital support to be offered to more people at a critical moment in their lives.

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Nicky and Sila Lee, Associate vicar at HTB and Founders of The Marriage Courses

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Bereavement is a very normal experience for all, but one many of us struggle to deal with. AtaLoss.org is a really timely initiative to help us find support and better understanding at crucial times.

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Stephen Skuce, Cliff College Acting Principal and Methodist Connexion

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Bereavement puts enormous pressure on families and the support they receive makes all the difference. That's why Care for the Family is pleased to endorse the work of AtaLoss.org.

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Rob Parsons, Care for the Family

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Our society spends most of its time attempting to anaesthetise itself from pain and fearful of death. AataLoss.org's support is much needed

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Nigel Hand, Birmingham Cathedral

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We live in an age where we think death is an option.

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David Hockney, Artist

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To have life in focus, we must have death in our field of vision.

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Bishop Nigel McCulloch

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Grief is the price we pay for love.

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