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Facing the final frontier: death, dying and bereavement

Debbie Ducille, Anna Chaplaincy Church Lead

Debbie Ducille, Julia Burton-Jones and Marian Muskett from BRF’s Anna Chaplaincy team were all delighted to attend this year’s Caraway Refresh & Resource Day. ‘Facing the final frontier: death, dying and bereavement’ took place on Wednesday 15 March at Highfield Church in Southampton.

Debbie Ducille reports: ‘It was a really uplifting day, completely contradictory to the day’s title, with more than 80 people attending from across the region. Guest speakers and all present were able to share personal and practical insights, exploring crucial issues around end-of-life and bereavement.’

Debbie continues: ‘The morning was spent listening to a range of informative and insightful stories of lived experiences from speakers, including network members Jill Phipps and the Revd Sally Rees, the Anna Chaplaincy church lead in Wales. A stimulating panel discussion with the speakers took place before lunch.’

‘In the afternoon, workshop groups focused on “Grave talk” as a helpful resource, living with loss and sharing resources for the journey. A creative space and prayer support were also available,’ Debbie added.

Debbie Ducille reflected, in closing, that such a space, being held so well, was a real gift. ‘Huge thanks and appreciation go to Canon Dr Erica Roberts, Revd Penny Thatcher, Dr Ros Simpson and all the Caraway volunteers for another wonderful, beautifully organised day.’

Photo credits: Barry Toward




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