In September through to November 2023 Rev. Cassius Francis and Rev. Neville Popo will be piloting The Bereavement Journey® at WHC Moseley with members and friends at the church.

The Bereavement Journey® is a 7-session series of films and discussion groups that assists anyone bereaved to consider and process the impact of a death, whether recent or long ago.

Photo shows:  Rev. Cassius filming with TBJ Leader and Jane Oundjan MBE, TBJ Founder (left) and Rev. Canon Yvonne Richmond Tulloch (centre).

Grief can be hard, affecting all areas of life.  Without support it can lead to further loss, such as mental and physical health and ability, or it can affect attitudes, behaviour, relationships – the future.

Usually run by churches, the programme uniquely offers a final session on faith questions that arise in bereavement, provided from a Christian perspective.  This follows the main sessions and is optional, making The Bereavement Journey suitable for everyone.

Topics include:

  • Attachment, separation and loss
  • The pain and responses of grief
  • Anger and guilt Coping with others’ reactions
  • Delayed and suppressed grief
  • Adjusting to change
  • Moving forward healthily
  • A Christian response to commonly answered faith questions (optional final session)

Rev. Cassius was involved in the development of the updated materials and the filming (see photo), he says, “Over the last 6 years I have become more involved in bereavement ministry.  After experiences of the deaths of close friends, and bereavements in our churches, but also the wider community – particularly through the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Bereavement Journey® is a programme that allows people to explore and make sense of their own grief stories.  The plan is to be able to offer this to our wider communities in the future because it is designed to be accessible to people of any faith or people who don’t have a faith at all.”

There are now over 200 The Bereavement Journey® courses bring run around the UK.

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