Partnership project creates new website to help churches support the bereaved
12 MAR 2020
A website helping churches to offer bereavement support has just launched as part of a major partnership project.
Funded by Allchurches Trust, the website - www.lossandhope.org - hosts resources, information and training for churches and will continue to grow. It has been created by AtaLoss.org, The Church of England, Care for the Family and HOPE Together and contributions are being invited from Christians of all denominations.
Allchurches Trust has also funded the creation of a bereavement support journal as a resource for young people, to help them better understand their grief, alongside a trusted adult or youth worker.
The aim of the project is to encourage and equip more ‘bereavement friendly churches’ which are fully equipped to support members of their congregation in the lead-up to someone’s death, in their funeral ministry and throughout the grief journey.
AtaLoss.org identified the need for the project after signposting over 17,000 people to over 500 organisations offering bereavement care since it was set up in 2016. Equipping churches with training and resources through the new website will enable them to respond to the need at a local level.
As well as providing a UK-wide signposting website for the bereaved, Ataloss.org offers training for church leaders and youth workers, and peer support for bereaved men and young adults.
Allchurches Trust supported the project by providing a grant of £5,000 for website creation and design.
Paul Playford, Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, said: “The enhanced care and understanding that churches will develop as a result of these growing website resources will enable them to more effectively support the mental health of people going through the painful journey of losing a loved one.”