Chris is a friendly face in troubled times
2012: Chaplain at County Hall and Norfolk coroner’s court, Rev Chris Copsey is a friendly face in troubled times as she told the Norwich Evening News.
It’s not just bereaved families that the Rev Chris Copsey
offers support to during inquests in her role as the coroner’s chaplain, but also officials, professional witnesses and even court reporters.
Chris was assigned to the coroner’s court in January 2011, and Norfolk was the first county in the UK to have such a chaplain and works alongside Witness Support whenever inquests are held.
“I feel it’s a much needed post,” she said. “There’s a great need for people to have somewhere that is safe. I provide a safe space and a listening ear. This job is about deaths, but also about people’s lives and their families.
“Just listening and being alongside someone is hugely important. People tell me all kinds of stories that help them to relax and to forget the whole procedure for a while. It’s also great having such a wonderful coroner for Norfolk in William Armstrong
Chris, from Castle Acre
, west Norfolk, has also been chaplain at County Hall
in Norwich (pictured below) for nearly five years, and has made many friends among the 1,300 people – about 70pc of whom are women – who work there. She also delivers council prayers at each full meeting before it starts.
She also works with the Good Work Industrial Mission
to support and resource workplace chaplains through networking, training, publication and biennial conferences.
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