News: GraveTalk

GraveTalk : Sunday 1 October 2017, 4pm, prior to Evensong at 6pm

We are not good at talking about death, dying and funerals but is it something that we all have to face.  A new initiative at Guildford Cathedral will provide a café space for people, from across the Diocese, to tackle these important life questions, in a safe and informal environment.

Grave Talk is a Church of England initiative which has been trialled in other Diocese, but it yet to be widely adopted in Guildford.  This GraveTalk session will take place on Sunday 1 October, in the Marquee at Guildford Cathedral, from 4pm.  Sessions last around an hour and a half, include tea and cake, and are free.

Canon Julie Gittoes from Guildford Cathedral said “Conversations on death and dying are some of the most difficult to start, but once started, can lead to great comfort either for those facing death, or those left behind.  I am delighted to be able to launch this new initiative and would like to invite recently bereaved individuals and friends, clergy or pastoral assistants to come along to try it out for themselves –  you will be very welcome”

Grave Talk is intentionally informal.  It can take place in a church hall, community centre or even a High Street café. People arriving will be welcomed by the person running the event – it may be the vicar or someone else from the church – and then invited to sit at tables with three or four others. The GraveTalk cards will be on the tables, and each group picks a question and uses it start a conversation. It doesn’t matter if you only use one question – or work through all of them! The purpose is to talk and listen.  Light refreshments are offered throughout the event, which lasts about an hour, or longer if needed.

To book your free place or to find out more, please register by contacting Louise Kenyon, Outreach and Engagement Officer, Guildford Cathedral, 01483 547886, louise@guildford-cathedral.org

If you are unable to attend this session and belong to a church that would like to try a GraveTalk event, visit www.churchofenglandfunerals.org


Added Sunday 23rd July 2017