The current situation means that, for now, offering pastoral support cannot be face to face. This is especially difficult in the case of bereavement where normally we would make a home visit. Providing support over the telephone can be more difficult, but it is much better than no contact at all. It is also important to recognise that this different way of ministering may bring added stress for you, the minister. We hope you find these notes will provide guidance that help you make these pastoral contacts as effective as possible, whilst also advising on your own self-care.