go the distance

Provide support that goes beyond the duration of the event.

A course or workshop on death and dying may put people in touch with deep things in their lives. This means it may be some time after the event that a person feels the need to talk with someone, and it’s important that there’s a named person they can contact who will listen to them and provide appropriate pastoral support. You need to ensure that:

  • It is made clear that there’s a named person who people can contact for pastoral support
  • People know how to contact that person
  • People know that they can contact that person at any time after the event

Who the appropriate pastoral contact is will vary according to the context. It may be one of the facilitators or, if the course or workshop is being run with a preformed group, it may be the group convenor who is the named person.

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