As part of our Carmelite Spirituality Series of videos on YouTube, the British Province of Carmelites is delighted to publish two reflections for the month of November, when the Church traditionally remembers the dearly departed.

 In her reflection Grief in Loss, Hope in Christ, a word of hope is offered to the bereaved by Elizabeth Partridge. Elizabeth is a qualified relationship counsellor, the Marriage and Family Life Team Coordinator for the Kent Pastoral Area of the Archdiocese of Southwark, and she leads retreats for the bereaved at Aylesford Carmelite Priory. Elizabeth's reflection is especially pertinent as Christians remember our departed loved-ones on All Souls Day (2nd November), those who have died in conflict on Remembrance Sunday (8th November in 2020), and All Souls of the Carmelite Order (15th November).  The link to Elizabeth's reflection can be found here.

Some departed souls are held up by the Church as saints; God's holy people who pray for us and whose lives are an inspiration to us. In addition to marking All Saints Day on 1st November, the Carmelite Family celebrates All Saints of the Carmelite Order on 15th November. Among the holy friars of Carmel is Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite who was martyred during the Second World War. In her reflection Blessed Titus Brandsma - A Martyr For Our Times, Sheila Grimwood - a member of the Pastoral Team at Aylesford Priory - recalls his life and death.

 These videos are part of an ongoing series of reflections by Carmelite friars and friends of the Order on different aspects of Carmelite spirituality. They give a Carmelite perspective on various aspects of life, as part of the Province's outreach during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.