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Worship: Grief, Trauma, & End of Life

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Written/Verbal Rites/Rituals

Creating a Liturgy of Lament from Thoughts of a Christian Educator: Rows of Sharon, where you'll find a fuller list of Ideas & Resources for Lament and Thanksgiving.

Remembering God's Promises: A Funeral Planning Handbook, and/or In Sure and Certain Hope: A Funeral Planning Sourcebook are both helpful funeral planning tools. See also Pastor Rebecca Ninke's Sparkhouse blog post. 

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We need public rituals of confession … of lamentation.

Krista Tippet with Rev. Phil Jackson

Offers a list of worship resources for online/at-home worship and Frequently Asked Questions, including How Is Lament included in Worship?

Webinars & Studies

Presented by United Theological Seminary this event explores the question, What is the meaning of "collective grief" and what can we learn from it during this moment in history? Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020; 6:00-7:00 pm.

Other Resources

An black and white photo illustration of rows of lit candles with the words "Songs of Remembrance" across the bottom.

Luke Medina/NPR/March 4, 2022

What songs meant the most to your loved ones and friends lost to COVID-19?

NPR curated a list.




United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities offers a list of Resources and Actions Amidst amidst the Chauvin Trialand the Death of Daunte Wright, including opportunities for Prayer/Meditation, Holding Memory, Changing Policies, Impacting Public Discourse, and Engaging Our Emotions.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance from FEMA: FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted starting April 12. Please share this resource with loved ones of those who passed away of COVID and had a funeral at your church.