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This charity campaign is inspired by a friend of mine, Alison, who passed away far too young but wanted to be remembered as being happy. In her memory this charity aims to help the bereft find some happiness again.
Please help me raise money to help people who find themselves unable to cope emotionally after the death of a loved one to find some happiness. No one can anticipate what it feels like to lose a close family member or friend, and I want to help those who are left alone and frightened to see that there is comfort and friendship to be had and there is no need to feel alone. Also during this time of COVID-19 there are so many families who have lost people so quickly and unexpectedly, they will feel the added sadness of not being able to be with their loved one when they passed away. Help me to support these families.
My work as an independent civil celebrant means that I meet many bereaved people of all ages. It is my job to help create and deliver a loving funeral service. But following the funeral can be daunting and a very lonely place for the grief stricken. Can you imagine being left alone after so many years of companionship or loving with all your heart that person? How do you find comfort if you know your loved one died alone?
After working with many grieving people, and seeing how much pain they are in and how they find life so challenging after the funeral, I decided that it was my responsibility to do something more to help them. I have been inspired by everyone I have met and want to help them to see that life can be ok, again. I want them to know that once the funeral is over, life can go on. It is never going to be the same life they lived when their loved one was alive, but it is a life with hope and friendship, all the same. People always tell me that their loved one was 'the life and soul'. Imagine facing life without this this 'life and soul'. People face this every day. There are counselling charities out there but there is nothing like this. This charity will get people together and minimise the suffering of grieving alone.
My charity will offer the following:
- Provide friendly support groups for anyone who is lonely or isolated following a bereavement to seek comfort and understanding from others who are going through the same thing. This could be through providing counselling, creative classes, outings together, subsidised theatre trips, help towards transport costs so they can visit family and friends etc. There are so many ways to get people together who are in the same situation and help them see that there is life, after death.
- A fund in memory of my wonderful friend Alison to help those who are unable to pay for a social gathering following a funeral service (The Alison Fund). To get together with friends and family after a funeral is the most important time, I think. And my friend Alison loved a good get together! Even if it's just for a cup of tea.
I am looking to raise £8000 to get this charity off the ground. The money will be spent on a website to launch the charity (about £300) Printed material that will be distributed to funeral directors, doctors surgeries and those who meet the bereaved on a daily basis (£400) Postage and stationary (£400) Advertising and PR for volunteers to help on a practical day to day running of the charity and fundraising activities (£600). The Alison Fund will be calculated depending on how well the fundraising goes and the rest will be spent on doing good work to help those left lonely after the death of someone close.
Please help me make this happen. It could be you, your neighbour or friend who one day would benefit from this charity. We all deserve to have a bit of happiness, even in grief.
I am also looking for trustees and people to volunteer so if you are interested then please get in touch.
Please help me, help them. And together we can make those people who are suffering and isolated with grief, hopeful and happy once again.
- Mary Young
- Campaign Owner
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