Supporting Others

Thank you for wanting to support someone who is bereaved. 

We are gathering here resources specifically for helping others who are grieving. 

Please get in touch if you know of anything we could add. 

If someone is recently bereaved we recommend giving them:  

The Path Not Chosen, booklet published by CWR

Living with Loss, booklet published by Scripture Gift Mission.

Basic guides in helping the bereaved are:

Insight into Bereavement, book published by CWR

First Steps Through Bereavement by Sue Mayfield.

Some good summaries of how to support the bereaved can be found at:

http://www.sympathymessageideas.com

 

Available through at Ataloss.org:

TOUGHstuff - material for teenage group support (see ListeningPeople).

Order the TOUGHstuff journal for young people suffering loss as a result of parental separation via the following link

We are working on the following booklets: 

How to Support the Bereaved
Faith Questions in Bereavement
Making Church Accessible to the Bereaved.

For training to support the bereaved

AtaLoss.org offers ListeningPeople to youth organisations, training them to listen to teenagers affected by loss in their communities and/or local schools.

In addition we offer workshops for churches in:

How to Support the Bereaved, Faith Questions in Bereavement, and Becoming a Bereavement Friendly Church 

Please email yvonne@ataloss.org

For more extensive training for Church leaders or Christians in community care we provide an annual 5 day certificated course in Bereavement Ministry in partnership with Cliff College.

We also recommend Care for the Family's Bereavement Care Awareness day for churches, equipping leaders in all walks of life in practical understanding of bereavement care.

How churches can offer support for the bereaved

We highly recommend that churches consider providing regularly HTB's 'The Bereavement Journey' course, alongside a programme of ongoing care for the bereaved in their communities. 

The course is for people at any stage of bereavement and is available as a 6 session filmed resource (5 main sessions, with one optional session on Faith Questions). Email us for further information.

If you decide to run the course please do let us know so that we can ensure that our website directs those locally bereaved to you.

Please also see our Resources page for publications and online resources for the bereaved which you may find useful.

 

 

 

 

Our Associates

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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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Queen Elizabeth ll

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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