Comforting Those Who Mourn After the Queen’s Passing

By   •   September 10, 2022

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) offered emotional and spiritual care outside Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in England for nearly two weeks following Queen Elizabeth II's passing on Sept. 8. Chaplains also offered a ministry of presence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland (pictured here), during the first few days after her death.
Many residents of the United Kingdom are grieving as the queen ruled for more than 70 years, the longest reigning monarch in the history of the Commonwealth of Nations.
"End of an Era" signs are seen around Buckingham Palace, as King Charles III, 73, was proclaimed king on Sept. 9. Queen Elizabeth II was a personal friend of Billy Graham and the two had a shared faith in Jesus Christ.
Thousands swarmed Buckingham Palace on Friday, Sept. 9, the day after Queen Elizabeth II's death was announced.
Brits gave thousands of flowers and mementos in honor and remembrance of the queen.
Chaplains provided a listening ear to anyone who needed one.
Queen Elizabeth II's coffin was moved from the royal family's residence at Balmoral Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, before being moved again to London. Its final destination was Windsor.
As the queen's casket was moved, onlookers gathered at windows above the masses to get a glimpse.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." —Romans 12:15, ESV
Chaplain Anika Magwood talked with a woman outside Windsor Castle.
While Brits honored the late queen, some recognized the "Billy Graham" logo on chaplain vests.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a long history of ministry in England, including holding evangelistic events there since the 1950s. Billy and Ruth Graham visited the queen on several occasions.
Chaplains offered a ministry of presence, praying over the crowds. They were ready to be there for anyone who wanted to talk.
A heartfelt message to the queen reflects why many are grieving her loss.
Young and old paid their respects to their queen.
A chaplain talked with mourners, usually starting a conversation by asking, "How are you holding up?"
“We are so saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty the Queen,” said Nigel Fawcett-Jones (not pictured), BG-RRT manager.
Rain or shine, people came to remember the faithful life of Queen Elizabeth II.
Chaplains provided a ministry of presence outside Windsor Castle.
"I’m asking people to join me in praying for the royal family and the people of the U.K.," Franklin Graham said.
Chaplains prayed with mourners outside Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II professed to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are some of the quotes that reflect her steadfast faith.