I sometimes forget just how horrific my experience of looking for support after the death of my son was. Seeing this video again was a weak reminder for me but sadly my experience wasn't unique, I hear similar stories every other week. There is very little help out there for families that lose a son or daughter. Many of the services that are available are provided through small charities like Brightest Star.
People don't realise that many of our hospitals DONT have a bereave...ment service or follow up support. In Glasgow I know for a fact that they don't offer one, 4 years on from losing Jack, our children's hospitals still provide no bereavement support for families after the death of a child. I'm not sure if I fell through some loop hole in Edinburgh but I was offered no support there and 4 years on, I am still hearing the same story from families now.
Brightest star isn't the answer to everything or for everyone but what worries me is where would those families would go if Brightest Star wasn't here, who would support parents in their time of need? What happens to all the parents that don't know about Brightest Star? This is the very reason why we need you all to keep spreading the word and raising awareness of Brightest Star. Tell you friends and family what we do, tell the people you work with, share and comment on our posts so more people see them.
Have you lost a child or know someone who has lost a child?
Our support groups are open to people who have lost a child at any age, from any cause of death and our last support groups for 2016 are:
Monday 5th December 2016 - Level 3, Glasgow Hilton, William Street, 1800-2000
Wednesday 7th December Radisson Blue, The Royal Mile, 1800-2000