January is a time to look forward, and a time to remember that our hope is in God. So we have lots on offer this month to encourage your readers to begin the New Year relying on Him.
But Covid has taken its toll this past year, and if you or people in your church have known the grief of losing a loved one, then you may wish to contribute to a national public commission’s review, which is looking into the issue.
They need your response by the end of December, which is why we have mentioned it here, instead of offering it for your January magazine.
Here it is:
The UK Commission on Bereavement (UKCB) is an independent commission made up of charities and organisations, launched to review the experiences of, and support available for, people affected by bereavement through and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. Chaired by The Right Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, the Bishop of London, the Commission will make recommendations to key decision makers, including the UK Government, on how better to support bereaved people.
Millions of people across the UK faced bereavement in 2020, many unable to see family and friends. Access to formal support has been limited and the feeling of loneliness in grief due to lockdown or having to shield or self-isolate has had a devastating impact.
Listening to and learning from a wide range of people is important and the Commission is asking the public to share their stories of grief. Adults, young people and children are being encouraged to take part in a short survey to help shape the recommendations for future bereavement support. If you have been bereaved in the last 3 years, please do consider taking part by visiting: www.bereavementcommission.org.uk/taking-part
If you would like to share this with your church folk THIS MONTH, perhaps through your pewsheet or website, you are most welcome to do so.
In the meantime, we wish you a peaceful December and a happy Christmas.