About The Guild
Prayer is at the heart of The Guild's work.
The Guild has a Chantry Chapel at Walsingham, where Mass is offered daily and departed members remembered in prayer on the anniversary of their death. These are printed in the Chantry List. The Chantry Priest is available to help and pray with those who are bereaved.
Publications include 26 Prayer Cards designed to help the sick, dying and bereaved, a small book of prayers for those sitting with the dying and a booklet to record wishes about the conduct of one's own funeral.
Events include an annual day conference. This year's conference was once again in Walsingham and entitled 'When a child has died'. two of the presentations can be accessed via the Recent and Previous Events page. The 2021 conference 'Living with Dementia' was held online and the 3 presentations can be viewed on the Videos page, with further information on Resources. Subjects of previous conferences have included: 'Caring for Bereaved Children and Young People', 'Reclaiming the Christian Funeral', 'Pastoral Care of Families Bereaved by Suicide', 'Funeral Liturgies', 'Pastoral Care of the Dying and Terminally Ill', 'Pastoral Care after Trauma and Sudden Death' and 'The Church's Ministry of Healing'.
The Annual Requiem is normally held in November at the church of St Stephen, Gloucester Road, London. Please see the 'What's On' page.
The Guild also holds the Patronage of over 40 parishes.
To find out more about membership, click here: Joining the Guild
We provide links to websites and helplines of some other organisations offering help and support in Bereavement , though we cannot be responsible for their content.
To read more, please click on the links printed in Red on this page or relevant menu headings (3 lines at top left of page).
The Rules of the Guild were revised on 15 March 2023 to ensure the governance and conduct of the Guild's affairs reflect current good practice.
A copy of the Rules can be downloaded here.
The Guild of All Souls is one of the Catholic Societies of the Church of England but is but is happy to welcome as members any who share its objects.
It was founded in 1873 to encourage prayer for the repose of the souls of departed members and all the faithful departed and to provide burial furniture in an age where the burial of the dead was frequently conducted without any reverence.
Prayer for the departed remains one of the most important functions but our work now also includes prayer and care for the sick, dying and bereaved.
The Guild of All Souls
60 Windsor Avenue,
London SW19 2RR
Tel: 07498 778691
Registered Charity No. 240234