Bereaved Parents Family Day

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bereaved3Jackie Browne and Alison Rushton from the Child Bereavement Team at Nottingham Children’s Hospital would like to say a huge thank you to ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ for the very kind donation of teddy bears which were given out to all the younger bereaved siblings who attended the Bereaved Parents Family Day at Blotts Country Club earlier this summer.

The Day has become an annual event that provides the opportunity for bereaved families, adults and children, to come together to meet others, who have all sadly experienced the death of a child.

During the day all the adults and children are invited to take part in memory activities that enable them to speak, hear and write the name of the child they are remembering, but at the same time it is also about still being able to have fun.

Parents’ comments from previous days have included:

It was nice to feel that we are not alone, that there are lots of others in the same situation,’

‘It was a lovely opportunity for new friendships’

One young person wrote:

It’s fun, you make friends’.

bereaved2This year was a lovely hot sunny day and over 150 people attended. There were lots of craft activities to do such as; decorating plant pots, candle holders and picture frames, memory sand jars icing and decorating cakes.

There was a quieter memory area where families could go and light a candle and add their own page in the memory book in remembrance of their child.

There were lots of outside games and activities and the adults were offered the opportunity to have a relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage which they really appreciated.

At the end of the day the names of the children being remembered were read out and then everyone went outside to let off balloons with messages tied to them. This is always a really poignant time.

The children all received a little goody bag to take home with them and the younger ones were given the TLC teddy bears which were quickly taken out of the bags and cuddled.

The day was summed up by a parent who thanked the team for ’making remembering happy’.

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