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Pastoral Team (Coordinator-Bereavement Team-Visiting Team)

To ensure that partners and families are contacted after funerals have taken place at St John's Church and to ensure that a member of the St John's Bereavement Team is allocated to them in order to offer ongoing support and help.

Responsible To: Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
Time Committment: As agreed
As part of this role a volunteer would have the following responsibilities:
  • Collect Bereavement/Funeral forms from Parish office
  • Record background information in own personal record book, including visit details and any specific action that may be required
  • Select an appropriate visitor from the Bereavement Team to visit partner/family of the person who has died
  • Liaise with the allocated Bereavement Team member regarding bacground details and any specific action that may be required
  • Provide ongoing support to members of the Bereavment Team
  • Send an anniversary card to the partner/family as the 12 month anniversary approaches
  • Send an invitation to St John's annual service for the bereaved to all who have lost a loved one in the previous 12 months

A volunteer in this role would require some or all of the following attributes:
  • Organised, dependable and able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Able to listen effectively and communicate clearly with others
  • Is friendly, sensitive and patient
  • Has a spirit of love and compassion and feels comfortable communicating with the bereaved and with Bereavement Team members

In order for someone to be able to perform this role the following training and support will be given:
  • Initial and ongoing support and advice from Pastoral Coordinator (Jenny Cosslett)
  • Occasional support meetings for all St John's Visiting Team members

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