Faith, Belief & Sprituality in a Time of Bereavement

For most of our lives, we live with our thoughts focused on ordinary, everyday things – things like the weather, the bills, what shall we eat, what shall we do tomorrow.

Certain big life events jolt us out of that space, and it is not unusual for us to ask big, searching questions.

Questions like:

  • What is life for?
  • What does life mean?
  • What happens to people when they die? Will we meet again?
  • Do I have any value or worth?
  • Is there a God or higher power?
  • Where does life come from – and where does it go?
  • Who am I?

Approaching the end of life is one of those life events. So is bereavement.

Some people may feel they would like help and support to find answers to those questions, or to find ways to live with the questions if they can’t find answers.

If you have a religion or a religious background, that might be a place to start.

Listed below are contacts for the major faith communities in Cornwall.

If you don’t have a religious background, you can still enquire from these contacts. They will be happy to try to help you. It doesn’t matter whether you have attended church or not, or if you subscribe to a particular faith or not - support is still available for you!

Or you might find you want to seek your own spirituality – in nature, art, music, your own creativity or by surrounding yourself with loved ones. All those things can help you to find meaning in your grief.



Cornwall Faith Forum

Cornwall Faith Forum (CFF) welcomes all people of peace and goodwill. You may come from a faith community, have other beliefs or perhaps you would simply like to understand more.

Our members include people from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Pagan faith communities in the County.  Cornwall Humanists are also fully included and anyone seeking their path towards peace is warmly welcomed.

Our vision is:  Finding common ground

Cornwall Faith Forum is working towards this vision through growing a spirit of love, co-operation, respect and peace together.



Churches Together in Cornwall


We work with Christian churches of all denominations (and none) to inspire unity amongst Christians in Cornwall and encourage the sharing of our gifts. We celebrate the diversity of our churches and congregations and seek to do together whatever does not have to be done apart. Our network includes around 50 local Churches Together groups and Local Ecumenical Partnerships across the county, and is part of a global network.

We work with local organisations including BBC Radio Cornwall, Christian Aid, Climate Vision, Cornwall Faith Forum, Creation Fest, Epiphany House, Falmouth & Exeter Universities and Transformation Cornwall. Our work is focussed on eight areas: Celebrating, Communicating, Teaching, Encouraging, Social Action, Justice and Peace, Communities and Environment.

Our infoHub (https://www.ctcinfohub.org) shares Christian news and events county-wide. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our email Weekly News.

Visit our contacts page for details for our representatives in the churches and other organisations, and directories of churches and ministers across the county.

If you are new to church or thinking about coming back to Christianity after a break, our Exploring Faith page offers a range of useful sources to help you.

During the coronavirus emergency many churches have moved their services online – links to these can be found on our Online Services page

For those not online free 24/7 phone lines have been set up:

The Church of England: 0800 804 8044 offering music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services

Methodist Church: Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514; Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Some Cornish churches are also offering recorded services by phone.

If we can help you in any way, please get in touch: ctcmissioner@gmail.com




Yourneighbour.org has launched a national helpline on 0300 323 9952

“If you need help during this time we are here for you. We will connect you to a church nearby, who can help with a friendly phone call, shopping, prescriptions, advice or pastoral support.”



Philomena Clifford  

email: philomena.clifford@yahoo.co.uk


Sophie Muir

email: sophiemuir@freeuk.com


Kathy Pope

email: kathypope56@gmail.com

Cornwall Faith Forum Chair  

Andrew Yates 

email: Andrew.Yates@truro.anglican.org  


Paul Green 

email: paul.green12@hotmail.co.uk

Inter faith Development Worker  

Rita Stephen

email: dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com


Dureid Rifai

email: darifai@tiscali.co.uk


Jeremy Jacobson

email: jacobsonzev@gmail.com


Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Methodist District


 'dial-a-prayer'  phone service available

Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514​





Eve Salthouse  



Rita Stephen

email: dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com



The Diocese of Truro

(Church of England)


The Diocese of Truro covers the 300 Church of England churches across the whole of Cornwall.    

We are willing to offer a bereavement ministry to anyone, whether or not the funeral has been held in one of our churches.

Contact:  Paul Beynon   p-beynon@sky.com



The Diocese of Plymouth

(Roman Catholic)


The Diocese of Plymouth – the Catholic Church in the South West of England – founded in 1851 and comprising the original counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.








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