We find ourselves standing on holy ground each time we accompany a grieving family through a process of creating and offering a Celebration of Life, Funeral, Memorial, or Graveside Service. This program focuses on assisting lay people as well as ministers in developing their gifts in offering funeral ministry, and supports a team ministry approach to this important work.
We will explore, learn, and reflect upon:
· Phases of bereavement and emotions of grief
· Pastoral care skills in meeting a family’s needs
· Resources and processes for creating services that reflect our theology & meet the varying needs of families
· The need for self-care
· Pastoral Charge funeral policies that support lay ministry
Participants are encouraged to arrange a tour of a Funeral Home prior to coming to this session, and to bring a copy of their church’s funeral policy.
Marg Janick-Grayston, program staff, has worked with Pastoral Charges to create ministry teams that respond to families requesting compassionate support. Velda Dahlin, is a lay person who works as part of a team on the Norquay Pastoral Charge in offering ministry to the bereaved and presiding at funerals.
Investment in Learning: $275
Decision Day: January 27