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A Man In Grief

It must be very difficult
To be a man in grief,
Since "men don't cry"
and "men are strong"

No tears can bring relief.
It must be very difficult
To stand up to the test,
And field the calls and visitors
So she can get some rest.

They always ask if she's all right
And what she's going through.
But seldom take his hand and ask,
"My friend, but how are you?"

He hears her crying in the night
And thinks his heart will break.
He dries her tears and comforts her,
But "stays strong" for her sake.
It must be very difficult
To start each day anew.
And try to be so very brave-
He lost his child too.

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Here To Help

We are now back after a much needed rest and as always, we are here to support families affected by the death of a son/daughter at any age, from any cause of death.

If you are looking for support after the loss of a child, we offer peer support, group support, one to one or couples counselling. For siblings we offer play therapy or a bereavement programme.

Sadly, due to demand our appointments fill up very quickly so if you would like to arrange an appointment please get it t...ouch via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., private message or call our office on 0141 2483 132.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch. I will get back to you as quickly as possible but I ask that you keep in mind that I am not in the office every day.

Arlene x

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Why Brightest Star Is Needed

As another year ends and many people feel sad at the thought of a starting a new year without their loved ones, I am thinking about all the families who have survived another year without their child and all those who have loved them through their grief.

As 2016 comes to a close we are sadly reminded that our services are needed more than ever and the number of bereaved families seeking our help in growing each week.

Brightest stars success in 2016 would never been have been... possible without the support from all of you. Through your fundraising and raising awareness we have..

Opened Hulks Haven, our Glasgow HQ

Provided bereaved parents with support groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Distributed families across the U.K. with memory boxes

Provided siblings with play therapy

Provided parents and couples with bereavement counselling

Provided intensive group therapy sessions

Provided families support via social media, telephone and one to one meetings

Provided sibling support training sessions

Increased awareness on grief and grieving after the death of a child

Trained people in emergency paediatric 1st aid

For every penny you donated, event you attended, people you told about brightest star, post you liked or shared, message or comment you sent...I thank you on behalf of myself and every bereaved family that we have supported this year and previously. To those bereaved families who have raised money for brightest star in their child memory, there are no words to thank you enough for having the kindness to do such a selfless act.

With your continued support in 2017, all of these services can continue and brightest stars family ambulance will take to the road.

Our family support would never have been possible with our adult counsellor and our sibling play therapist, they work tirelessly and they are the ones who are changing the life's bereaved families.

Thanks to our trustees and all the volunteers and friends who do so much behind the scenes, your help is invaluable.
My husband Paul and dad Mick do so much all year round for brightest star and without their help, there is so much that just wouldn't be possible.

Without my beautiful boy jack and the love and support of my husband, mum and dad, I wouldn't have the strength or courage to keep doing this job so thank you for making me who I am today and helping me to survive another year.

Thanks to everyone who has supported brightest star in any way in 2016.

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Happy Birthday Jack

Jack Kennedy
25 December 2006 - 19 December 2012

We see people come
See people go...
This particular boy is extra special
I know you might be gone
And the world may not know
Still, I see you celestial

I know I’m going to miss you, I know
But when I’m cold,
I know that you’re with me
And the way you will show, when you’re with me wherever I go
But you give me this feeling, it’s everglow
What I wouldn't give for this moment to hold
Yeah, I live for this feeling, it’s everglow

So if you love someone, you should let them know
Oh, the light that you left me will everglow

10 years ago today I gave birth to light of my life, my very own Xmas day baby. Xmas is a special and magical day and I really believe jack being born on Xmas day shows just how special he was. During my pregnancy I always said that I didn't want to go into labour on Xmas day but if I did then my baby must be a gift that was being sent to us. That statement really shows now, Jack was and is his short life and in his death a gift to this world and I'm beyond proud to call him my son, my everglow.

As sad as I am today, I am proud that I was lucky enough to be his mum and have the relationship that I had with him. Some people never get the chance to be a mum and nobody else got the privilege to be his mum.

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Baby Boy, what I would give to see this wee face today.

All my love today and always,
Your mummy girl xxx15672548 1213770778714871 8220900594073013336 n