Bereavement in the Defence Forces

The following two documents are available on all DF intranet systems, from chaplains and from PSS staff. They are provided here to help personnel and their families with different aspects of bereavement.


The Chaplaincy Service provides pastoral care and spiritual support to bereaved military families on a daily basis. Their expertise and experience in the area of grief allows them the opportunity to journey with families through difficult times.

They engage at all levels of faith and none and help families to organise and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones with dignity, compassion and understanding. Their knowledge of ritual and liturgy allows them to engage with families of multi-faith and none, to ensure all funeral rites and norms are afforded to the deceased in accordance with their family wishes, their beliefs or none.

All bereaved families are given the supports needed to help them understand the protocols that are associated with the death of a serving member of the Defence Forces, either at home or overseas. The Service acknowledges and is respectful of the fact that no death is alike and every family is unique.



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