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Author(s): Belinda Davies
It's not easy to talk about death, dying and funerals. But if we neglect these subjects, we can be unprepared for some of the most significant events we will ever have to face - our own death and the deaths of those close to us.
GraveTalk is a resource from the Church of England to help people start thinking and talking about these key topics. It offers 50 unique cards for use in small groups, each with a thought-provoking question to get the conversation started. Topics covered include:
Life: What is important in your life? How would you like to be remembered?
Death: What experiences of death have you had so far? What do you think death means?
Society: How has our culture shaped our thinking about death?
Funerals: What will happen when you die? Do you need to make any plans or choices now?
Grief: What is the reality of loss and how do you experience it?
The cards are supported by the GraveTalk Facilitator's Guide (published separately) which includes advice and guidance on running a GraveTalk event.
GraveTalk is part of the Church of England's work around funerals and dying.
Posters and postcards to publicise a GraveTalk event are available to order separately from www.churchprinthub.org
Belinda Davies is Continuing Ministerial Development Adviser for the Diocese of Portsmouth.
‘Very, very easy. Just set the plans, first one we had was in Caffè Nero ...The local press publicised it ... I think about seventeen or eighteen people for the first one ... a really interesting broad range of ages, you know, right across the spectrum ... we then followed that up with one in the library, which again we had some people who’d come to the first one then came to the second one.’ Vicar, Cumbria
‘I gave it to them [the PCC] and I went and made coffee while they started discussing it. And I just couldn’t shut them up. They thought it was great. When I came to draw them to a conclusion, they wanted to carry on. They thought it was absolutely brilliant. I was really surprised.’ Vicar, Cumbria
‘We did one in our community café, and there were ten or eleven, it was really nice. The conversation flowed, and they liked the questions and there were a lot of comments that it was very helpful.’ Vicar, Hampshire
A useful resource - well designed
Bought these for others as I'm so impressed with how well they work. First tried the gravetalk cards at a CofE conference and have used my set several times to great effect. Highly recommended
Gute Fragen, mit denen man sehr schnell ins Gespräch kommen kann. Vielfältige Zielgruppen sind gut anzu sprechen.
Excellent resource. Good questions, short and snappy