As the UK enters the week when we hold Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, we also hear that services to remember loved ones are growing faster than any other kind of service. For some, talking about dying matters can be so difficult that it is avoided and sometimes surpressed. Even though attitudes are slowly changing, we may still stumble when approaching sharing the awareness of death with children, and we don’t all feel comfortable reaching out to support groups or ‘death cafes’ or approaching a minister to discuss faith and eternal life.
The Seriously Messy resource could really help, not just in Messy Church situations but in any community dealing with death and loss. There are chapters about why we need to talk about death; talking about death as a family; taking care when talking about death with children; theological reflections; and five Messy Church sessions including Remembering, with activities such as Kintsukuroi and marbling chocolate.
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Have you also seen the Messy Remembrance session on the Messy Church website?