From the Office of Bishop La Fayette Scales
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. I trust this message finds you on top with all things under your feet.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Comfort means to come along side to help or aid. Comfort means to assist and to provide strength when needed. Comfort is spelled care by many people. During loss our calls, cards and condolences show care, concern and brings comfort. During this time many have experienced loss with no closure. There have been limited visitations numbers, small funerals or graveside services and no repast. The pain of loss is still there. Comfort has several dimensions and faces.
Comfort can be immediate andinitial comfort; these are first responders. These are family members, friends and familiars who come and arrive first. These comforters need to be safe and sensitive.
Comfort should be ongoing. These are generally professionals: chaplains, church staff, funeral directors and clergy. They help with details of the memorial services, funerals and burial or cremation services.
Comfort must be continuous. This is after care and post care. Checking on people withquick calls, short visits and physical help when requested. These comforters are safe, steady and stable in themselves with no hidden agenda.
Comfort must always be with compassion. Comfort can be one of the greatest expressions of love during a time of loss.
Remember to be a comforter to those mourning during the time of this global pandemic, stay at home orders and social distancing and separation.
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