Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Accompaniment in Difficult Times

Accompaniment in difficult times


This section is for those seeking spiritual support with illness, bereavement, or issues in their marriage.

We know that life brings many challenges, some that feel hard to bear. As people of faith, we remember that Christ suffers with us and that as Christians we are called to walk alongside each other when we are in need. We remember that we are never alone and Christ has conquered all. The resources here are designed to support and accompany those who are suffering as well as to offer resources for those who support people facing difficulties.


The Art of Dying Well

The Art of Dying Well offers practical and spiritual support to those faced with the prospect of death and dying. It is a site for everyone.

After centuries of ministering to the dying, the Catholic Church has a wealth of experience to share in what was traditionally called the art of dying well, or in Latin, Ars Moriendi.

We sense that this is good time to look afresh at that tradition. The underlying ethos of the art of dying well applies just as well to anyone of any or no faith, undergoing the final journey. All of us will fall, all of us will need help, and all of us can use the experience we gain in helping people on the climb creatively for the good of others.

Losing someone you love is undeniably painful, but rising above grief and connecting spiritually to something greater might help you to find meaning.

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The Emmaus Bereavement Listening Service

If we didn’t love and care so much, we wouldn’t hurt so much when a special person dies. Grief is the price we pay for loving.

If you are struggling after the death of a loved one, or suffering any significant loss, and would like to share your story with someone outside your family, then a member of the Emmaus Team may be able to help. We would be privileged to support you in your loss as Jesus did for the travellers on the road to Emmaus.

The members of the Emmaus team are trained in bereavement listening skills and are experienced in supporting those who are suffering loss. If you think we could help, please ring the Emmaus Bereavement Support Team on 07732 980740. Please leave your name and number and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

Contact the Emmaus Bereavement Support Team on 07732 980740

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted”

Matthew 5:3

Prayers to support you through this time

The ‘Catholic Prayers for the Sick & Dying’ has been produced to help you in your difficult time.

We walk with you in prayer, holding you and your family in the full belief that your loved one is being raised to new life.

Resources for times of grieving and death

‘Resources for times of grieving and death’ includes the following:

Prayers for loved ones we cannot visit in hospital, Prayers for someone who has recently died, and Prayers for a loved one whose funeral you cannot attend.

Recommended articles and books

Books for Preparing for Death

The following books are available from a variety of local and national stores including Pauline Books, based at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.

Our Last Awakening: Poems in the Face of Death

Author: Morley, Janet (2016)

With the end in mind: how to live and die well

Author: Dr Kathryn Mannix (2017)

Dying Well: Dying Faithfully

Author: John Wyatt (2018)

Books for Dealing with Bereavement

Living Through Bereavement: With the Help of Christian Thought and Prayer

Author: David Owen (2008)

Now That You've Gone Home - Courage and Comfort for Times of Grief

Authors: Hutchison Joyce; Rupp Joyce (2009)

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving

Author: Julia Samuel (2018)

My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die

Author: Kevin Toolis [2018]

Marriage Care

The call to love is “the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.” In Ephesians 5: 25-33, Paul teaches that Christ made marriage a sign of His love for the Church. This means that a sacramental marriage lets the world see, in human terms, something of the faithful, creative, self-emptying, abundantly life-giving love of our Lord.

We are called by God to marriage and God blesses the relationship. Marriages take place in front of family and friends and the Church Community to not only declare the love between the couple to the world but also to request the community offer their ongoing support.

At times all marriages will experience difficulties, over a lifetime there will be many ups and downs. The Church recognises that in some circumstances people need more formal support to live out their vows. In Hexham and Newcastle diocese, the Church is in partnership with the organisation ‘Marriage Care’

Marriage Care offer a donation only relationship counselling service and specialise in helping couples build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships, and the provide support in times of relationship difficulty. We urge those who are finding themselves in difficulty to seek the help of the Church Community and to make use of this professional service.

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Other Support Services

We remember that Christ is with those who suffer: ‘The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit.’

PS 34:18

Contact Us

How to contact the Vicariate for Faith & Mission:


Tel: 0191 243 3316 (office*) or 07375 934713 (mobile)

*Your call may be automatically diverted to the mobile number.

Admin office hours:
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, excluding Bank Holidays.

To see a full list of Vicariate contacts and leads, please visit our Faith & Mission page.