The death of a loved one has to be the sorest pain in life.
It can be a time when you are overwhelmed.
At such a times as this, the church is a place where many find comfort, peace, reassurance and
strength. The words of Jesus, the promises of Jesus, and the Spirit of Jesus have proved to be the best
comfort to whose who mourn.
There are a variety of kinds of funerals nowadays.
Kincumber Uniting Church offers herself to the community to help you through this time.
People do contact the minister (often long in advance) to speak about, and plan, a funeral service. Have
no hesitation in contacting the church or our minister.
As a minister who has conducted many funerals, Kenneth will be pleased to help you plan for a funeral
Our church is here for you: as a place where the funeral may be conducted, as a place for
refreshments after the funeral service, and as a place of comfort for you and your family afterwards. Some come to church for some weeks or months after a funeral service, finding that it helps them. Others decide to make it 'their church' and continue to come as a regular from then on.
Some people wonder: "how do others cope after a bereavement?"
You know that people die. You know that others have experienced grief. You see others after a bereavement continuing with their life. And you wonder
what's wrong with me?
I feel like I can't go on!
It is distinctly possible that you will find everything to be a great effort and feel that you can't cope.
Be assured: No one copes! Everyone struggles.You are not unusual - you are quite normal.
And your reaction is quite normal.
Bereavement is a devastating experience: not to be underestimated.
While no one copes, everyone finds a way of getting through. You will find a way too. Others get lots of help from family, friends, GP, minister, church and bereavement literature. Many go for counseling. Don't feel 'weak' or 'unusual' if you have to ask for a bit of help.
You will need help, it is to be expected.
As a minister Kenneth tells of his personal experience of bereavement. He recalls his need for help form
his ministerial colleagues at that time. He says he didn't know what to do! His colleagues kept him right.
It doesn't matter who you are - grief is no respector of persons! You go numb, you go into shock, you feel
lost and disorientated, you can hardly make a cup of tea!
Grief seems to 'take over' - and take over at any time! Grief is the body's way of responding to the shock
of bereavement and the body's way of protecting itself and seeking to recover.
Our church is here for our community.
You do not have to be a church member to pop in, phone, or speak to the minister.