Norfolk first as coroner's chaplain appointed
has become the first county in the country to appoint a Chaplain to the Coroner's Court
as part of the Good Work
The Rev Christine Copsey was officially licensed by the Bishop of Norwich on January 12 for her new role, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, and comes under the auspices of the Norfolk and Waveney Industrial Mission Good Work.
Norfolk Coroner, William Armstrong, is strongly supportive of this ground-breaking new post which will provide much needed support to bereaved families.
He said, "I strongly believe that the needs of bereaved families and those most closely affected by the death of someone close to them should be the principal priority in the inquest process. Having to attend an inquest can be a daunting prospect and a potentially harrowing experience particularly when it follows a death which has been sudden, violent or unexpected.
“It is very important that we provide as much support as possible and I am delighted that the Bishop has licensed Chris to undertake this innovative, challenging and vital role. As far as I am aware this is the first appointment of a dedicated coroner’s chaplain in the country.”
The Rev Chris Copsey emphasised that chaplains play an important role in “meeting people where they are”.
She said: “I am really looking forward to this challenging new role. Meeting people when they are vulnerable – grieving and anxious – is the time they most need support. That support will extend to everyone involved at an inquest, families, witnesses, other professionals including the Coroner and his staff.”
The Bishop of Norwich has given his full support to this new post. He said: "Ours is said to be not a great age of faith. But clergy are not afraid to walk alongside those who have been bereaved, and those who've been touched by tragedy often need a spiritual companion.
“Chaplains simply make themselves available - to those of all faiths and of none - providing a listening ear and support and comfort to those experiencing the trauma of the sudden death of a loved one. I am very pleased to be licensing Chris to this new role - one which we hope might be replicated across the country."
Chris is already a chaplain at County Hall in Norwich and will split her time between the two posts.
Pictured is Chris in her existing role as chaplain at County Hall in Norwich.