Psychological support can be of little help to people who have no home or no body to mourn, psychiatrist Dr Lynne Jones says
The Old Chapel in the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in west London is no longer solely a place of worship. But for attendees of a workshop on how to support survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, one of the carefully stencilled Beatitudes on the wall still resonates powerfully. “Blessed are those that mourn,” it reads. “For they shall be comforted.”
Whatever the beliefs of those attending the free Doctors of the World session, entitled “Grief, loss and disaster: how can we help?”, it is a maxim they are steadfastly trying to follow. But what soon becomes clear is that the path towards comfort for Grenfell survivors begins not with professional psychological assistance, but with sympathy and the provision of the essentials they have lost.