it takes (at least) two

Ensure you have one or two people who are there to share the work.

Even if you’re simply preaching a one-off sermon on death and dying it’s important to have some support in place to help you reflect on what you are trying to achieve and the impact (intended or unintended) of what you say.

If you’re running a group event that involves face-to-face conversations about death and dying this will be even more important because:

  • A person in your group may become ill or distressed
  • It helps to manage with group dynamics and to share the practical tasks
  • The facilitators can support each other and offer constructive feedback and peer supervision. One function of supervision is to be ‘critical friends’, holding each other accountable.
  • You can pray for each other

It’s also important to know your limits and to identify someone whose advice you can seek if you think you may be getting out of your depth; for example a health care professional or hospital or hospice chaplain, who is willing to be available at the end of a phone.

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