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Cathedral to hold bereavement evening
A SPECIAL bereavement evening is being held at Salisbury Cathedral on November 11.
We Will Remember: Bereavement is aimed at those who have direct experience of bereavement as well as those supporting someone else. It is also hoped the event will be useful for those whose professional or volunteering roles require them to offer support to the bereaved but who may not have received much specific training in handling sensitive issues, including headteachers, rectors and lay pastoral assistants.
The event is being chaired by Canon Treasurer Sarah Mullally, a former chief nursing officer, and other panel members include representatives from Cruse Bereavement Care, Salisbury Hospice and an expert in child bereavement. Sarah Rickett, director of learning and outreach at the Cathedral, said: “I am always struck by the number of prayers left in the Cathedral’s prayer book about losing a loved one and seeing the huge range of feelings of loss, anger, anxiety and hopelessness apparent among numerous individuals who write. But death and dying is not often talked about, it’s not a topic we naturally or easily broach. Through this event we hope to offer a way of encouraging an open dialogue.” The event takes place in the Trinity Chapel from 7.30pm to 9pm.