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Support Is Important

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:

GLASGOW
Monday 5th December 2016 - Level 3, Glasgow Hilton, William Street, 1800-2000

EDINBURGH
Wednesday 7th December Radisson Blue, The Royal Mile, 1800-2000

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I Miss My Sister

"My big sister was very loved and she is missed so much by all the family."

Thank you to Kaitlyn for sharing this video and to Giana and Cian for sharing their stories with us this week. All of these children are a credit to their families and the siblings that they have lost.
Cherly, our play therapist does amazing work with Brightest Stars siblings and I would like to personally thank her for all her hard work.

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Without all of Brightest Stars supporters fundraising, this service would never be possible so on behalf of all the families that we support, thank you.

As Child Grief Awareness week comes to an end, I ask you to always remember the grief that our young people experience. Their grief is just as significant as an adults grief. Always MakeTime2Listen.

Arlene x

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I Miss My Brother

"My brother died and I was really sad about it"

Children grieve too and this video highlights the need for them to be able to talk about their feelings.

As part of Child Grief awareness week, Brightest Stars siblings have made poems and videos to make people aware of a child's grief.

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Love Never Dies!!!

Can you imagine having to tell your son or daughter that their brother or sister has died? Can you imagine telling a child that they will never see their mother or father again? Can you imagine sending your child to school and telling them that their best friend won’t be there to play with them because they have died?

The poem ANGEL was written by one of Brightest Stars siblings who lost his sister. When I 1st read it, it sent shivers down my spine as it made me take the tim...e to think about how hard it must be to experience loss so young and “the agony” that children can suffer. I often here people see that their loved one is now an angel in the sky but this poem has made me see the word angel and how children feel in a totally different way.

We often here that children are resilient, that they don’t know what’s going on, that they will just get on with it and move on but who decided that every child acts that way? Like us adults, every child is different and their experience of death and grief will be different and we should all #MakeTime2Listen . This is the theme of Child Grief Awareness which starts today and I am asking all our supporters to #MakeTime2Listen

Sharing this poem was a very brave and courageous thing to do and I hope it makes people stop for a minute and think of a child that is grieving.

As the poem says……
L is for love, which never dies

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