Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Bereavement, Healing & Loss

The Art of Dying Well:

The Art of Dying Well offers practical and spiritual support to those faced with the prospect of death and dying. It is a site for everyone. After centuries of ministering to the dying, the Catholic Church has a fund of experience to share in what was traditionally called the art of dying well, or in Latin, Ars Moriendi. We sense that this is good time to look afresh at that tradition. The underlying ethos of the art of dying well applies just as well to anyone of any or no faith, undergoing the final journey. All of us will fall, all of us will need help, and all of us can use the experience we gain in helping people on the climb creatively for the good of others. Losing someone you love is undeniably painful, but rising above grief and connecting spiritually to something greater might help you to find meaning.

Text reproduced from The Art of Dying Well website.

The Emmaus Bereavement Listening Service:

Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:3

If we didn't love and care so much, we wouldn't hurt so much when a special person dies. Grief is the price we pay for loving.

If you are struggling after the death of a loved one, or suffering any significant loss, and would like to share your story with someone outside your family, then a member of the Emmaus Team may be able to help. We would be privileged to support you in your loss as Jesus did for the travellers on the road to Emmaus.

The members of the Emmaus team are trained in bereavement listening skills and are experienced in supporting those who are suffering loss. If you think we could help, please ring the Emmaus Bereavement Support Team on 07732 980740. Please leave your name and number and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

Prayers to support you through this time:

The ‘Catholic Prayers for the Sick & Dying’ has been produced to help you in your difficult time. We walk with you in prayer, holding you and your family in the full belief that your loved one is being raised to new life. Read or download it here.

Resources for times of grievings and death:

'Resources for times of grieving and death' includes; Prayers for loved ones we cannot visit in hospital, Prayers for someone who has recently died and Prayers for a loved one whose funeral you cannot attend.

Recommended articles and books:

Books for Preparing for Death (click on image to read the review):

Books for Dealing with Bereavement (click on image to read the review):

External links for help:

Child Death Helpline:
Freephone: 0800 282 986

Cruse Bereavement Care: Counselling/Advice
Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Macmillan Cancer Support:
Helpline: 0808 808 00 00 (8.00am – 8.00pm, 7 days a week)

Free Helpline: 116 123 (24hrs a day, 365 days a year)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide:
Helpline: 0300 111 5065 (9.00am – 9.00pm Monday to Sunday)

The Compassionate Friends: Parents who have been bereaved.
Helpline: 0345 123 2304

The Lullaby Trust: Sudden and unexpected death of babies and toddlers.
Bereavement Support Freephone: 0808 802 6868.

The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS):
Helpline: 0808 164 3332

WAY – Widowed and Young:

Winston's Wish: Support if you are caring for a bereaved child or young person.
Helpline: 0808 802 0021