Priest’s award

The Church of England - - NEWS -

The Rev Juliet Stephen­son has been awarded Fu­neral Cel­e­brant of the Year at the Good Fu­neral Awards.

Ms Stephen­son, of Church of the Holy Na­tiv­ity, New-castle-upon-Tyne, was the only Church of Eng­land vicar amongst the 11 nom­i­nees.

She said that the award shows the level of re­spect the fu­neral in­dus­try holds for the Church of Eng­land and the im­por­tance of good re­la­tion­ship with fu­neral di­rec­tors.

“Be­ing a vicar, a huge amount of my time is spent with fam­i­lies com­ing to terms with the loss of a loved one. I do just what ev­ery other Church of Eng­land vicar does: I get along­side, I lis­ten, I help them celebrate and I help them cry.

“All of this is done whilst hold­ing their story within the greater story of God and the hope of sal­va­tion,” she said.

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