As ordained priests our chaplaincy team has many years experience on the frontline when it comes to death and bereavement, walking alongside the dying and their families as well as supporting those who have been bereaved. Between us we have conducted hundreds of funerals and memorial services.
In the context of the University we’re available as a pastoral resource for the care of students, staff and their families, of any faith, or none as they confront death and the loss of a loved one. Our chaplains have conducted memorial services for students and staff members both in St Benets chapel and in university departments and are very happy to help to create something bespoke and appropriate to each situation. A memorial can be a simple and informal gathering or more large scale and the chaplains are very happy to have either an up front role or to be a more behind the scenes supportive presence. They welcome being contacted by people of all faiths, spiritual and religious beliefs, including those who are atheist or agnostic or who do not align themselves with any particular philosophy.
As experienced bereavement listeners we offer a safe space to explore feelings and emotions surrounding death, as well as practical support.
You can get in touch by email or mobile. Or you can simply turn up at the Chaplaincy Centre where there is normally someone to talk to – no appointment is needed.
Chaplain contact details:
Revd Ella Sharples is the full time Chaplain and is usually available to chat with.
Father Andrew Connick is the Catholic Chaplain and is in all afternoon on a Tuesday.