As part of our Forget Me Not Centre 2nd Birthday Appeal, we’d like you to meet Rachael, a Family Support Practitioner!

I see how each day can bring a variety of challenges for our families. I balance creative activities, therapeutic sessions and educational programmes that allow children, young people and adults to accept and understand their emotions. We encourage people to share memories and relate to others, enabling them to express their grief & ultimately restore hope.

Find out about my week so you can see how the money you raise helps people receive the support they need when dealing with the death of a loved one.

Monday – Seasons for Growth

I deliver group sessions in a local primary school to support children cope with loss and change using art, play and music to express their grief.

Tuesday – Grief Café

We offer an informal and relaxed setting for bereaved adults to meet new friends.

“Grief Café is caring, sympathetic and warm – it will help you in your grief.” – Attendee Feedback

Wednesday – Secondary School Lunch

I take a small group of teenagers who have lost a parent to a café for lunch, to help them engage with one another in a safe space outside the pressures of school.

Thursday – Family Therapy Session

The Family Therapist and I support families both individually and together, this can be before or after their loved one has died.

“Great session as always, we always feel better after being able to talk and be open with friendly families” – Attendee Feedback

Friday – Children’s Friday Club

This weekly group takes part in a range of activities to remember and celebrate a loved one that has died.

“Always good to see the children reminiscing with others that have experienced similar journeys.” Attendee feedback