Every bereavement is a difficult process, but the death of a child can be the heaviest loss to bear. It is often said that there is no worse situation for parents to be faced than the death of their child.
If you're going to a Catholic funeral for the first time, or you need to arrange a Catholic funeral with burial or cremation, our simple online guide to Catholic funerals and cremations should help you to find the answers to your questions.
Why not listen to our ‘Art of Dying Well’ podcasts? Each programme aims to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. We speak to interesting guests, engage in a little ‘Death Chatter’ before getting the 'View From The Chaplain’s Chair’.
Something’s not right. You’ve not heard from your father-in-law for a few weeks. You’re close. That’s not normal. The milk’s on the doorstep, yesterday’s papers are poking out of the letterbox. You know what’s happened but you don’t want to think it – let alone say it. This is exactly what happened to Erica Buist. Listen to her extraordinary story in this month’s podcast. Fr George Bowen gives The View From The Chaplain’s Chair.
Aside from birth, dying is the only other experience we will all share. So why do we find it so hard to talk about? Learn more
Living with the knowledge that death is close at hand can take a huge toll. It can feel like you're on an emotional rollercoaster. Learn more
How can you find meaning in what’s happening? Rising above grief and connecting spiritually to something greater might help. Learn more
Dying well, or what constitutes a 'good' death will mean different things to us all. But if you can face up to dying and try to prepare now, this could help you to live well too. Learn more
Caring for someone who is terminally ill, and worrying about the future can be very demanding. It's important to remember to care for yourself too. Learn more