A place where mourners can also find long-term help – Bad Krozingen

An alliance of church and community institutions is building a funeral parlor for the region in Bad Krozingen. Monday is an information day where volunteers should also be found.

To establish a funeral parlor in the region, and an alliance of church and community institutions wants to implement this plan. It should be an open offer, carried out by volunteers. For those who are interested and want to get involved, an information evening will be held on 27 June at the course counseling house in Bad Krozingen.

The skills of establishing a funeral parlor are brought from their professional career by: pastor Georg Klingele from the pastoral unit of the Catholic parish of Bad Krozingen / Hartheim and Waltraud Kannen, managing director of Südlicher Breisgau Social and Philip Fuchs from the spa and rehabilitation pastoral in Bad Krozingen. To accompany the mourners in their pain, they want to set up a mourning cafe together with other partners. The circle is expanded to include neighboring parishes and social institutions.

Waltraud Kannen talks about the network that needs to be created and further developed offers. Also present are: Staufen / St. Trudpert, represented by Christiane Skoda-Gysler, Klaus Veeser, representing the Bollschweil / Obere Möhlin pastoral unit, Ulrike Meister (managing director of the Mittel Breisgau community center) and Michael Virneisel (municipal official in Heitersheim).

Also in discussions with funeral homes, hospice and palliative care centers and the Protestant Church

The group is also in contact with funeral homes, hospice and palliative care centers and the Protestant parish. The funeral parlor is to be a monthly volunteer-run offer, open to everyone, non-denominational – simply a space where mourners can talk to each other and exchange ideas.

According to Klingele, the search for a suitable site was based on the experience of existing grief support in the Waldshut district that a neutral room is preferred. One has already arrived: the adjoining room at Café Mohrenköpfle in Bad Krozingen, whose operators are open-minded about this and, conveniently, also have the necessary infrastructure.

Related to the plan is the concept of qualifications for support in bereavement. It should be low-threshold, explains the Fuchs spa and rehabilitation advisor. Full-time employees train and accompany the volunteers. The construction of the project is financed by the contribution of cooperation partners and subsidies. The initiators do not want to leave people alone with their emptiness in the mourning process.

According to Klingele’s experience, many mourners are lonely at the end of the funeral and are faced with everyday life again. “Then many are left alone with their grief, time seems to have stopped for them, but the world keeps spinning.” According to Ulrike Meister, the funeral parlor should support anyone who would like to accept such an offer.

A space for mourning, breaking taboos and helping people to help themselves

Affected people should find a space where they can express their regret. In addition, it is about removing taboos on this topic in order to promote spiritual impulses and thus self-help. Blank is what Waltraud Kannen calls the current situation. There are no such offers in the region. That’s why you want to position yourself better, there is such a need. This is evident not only in our own practice, but also in the feedback from the nursing staff.

According to Skoda-Gysler, many facilities cannot even afford to be accompanied by a lack of capacity. He also sees “a large field of pastoral activity” in which such offers could be anchored. Even in the spa and rehabilitation, there are often people who struggle with mourning. “Rehabilitation does not take this into account,” says the course tutor and believes that such an offer would also be extremely valuable here. However, according to the initiators, a prerequisite for volunteering is that the parties concerned are not themselves in a state of acute mourning.

According to Waltraud Kannen, this concept is related to the Church 2030 movement, in which pastoral units are to be joined in the future. “The funeral parlor is one of the models we are developing as a living church that should be close to people,” he says.

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