On Saturday 19 September a special service takes place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, called ‘Remembering Together’. The service, which starts at 3.00 pm, is for all who have experienced the death of a child, whatever their age and whatever the cause.
This is an annual service and it is open to all. Due to the ongoing restrictions, the service will take place in the nave of the Cathedral, which allows those attending the chance to find their own space. There is no need to pre-book but those attending will be asked for their details on arrival in order to comply with NHS Test and Trace (details are kept for 21 days only).
Canon Matthew Vernon has oversight of all pastoral matters at the Cathedral. ‘Especially in these times, it is important to offer people the time and space to be together with others who have suffered a similar experience,’ comments Canon Vernon. ‘We have adapted and adjusted the service this year but our aim remains to provide support and comfort at this moment, while acknowledging that the sense of bereavement may continue, for some, for the rest of their lives.’
Clergy and health professionals work together to offer this service in response to an awareness that people often try to deal with these sorts of issues on their own, when in fact there are many ways to gain support and help.
Please note that the Cathedral will be closed to visitors from 2 pm on Saturday 19 September to allow for preparations for this service.
For further information about the service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org