SLOW is looking to recruit facilitators to move the organisation to its next level.
We have two positions currently available – a facilitator for a new North London weekly group and a facilitator for the South London groups. The two positions can be combined if the applicant is willing to travel. Deadline for applications is Friday 2nd August 2019. Should you wish to apply please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than two A4 pages describing your interest in, and suitability for, this role to email@example.com.
For the full job descriptions please see the Work for us section of the SLOW website.
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Father’s Day is one of the many days that the loss of a child feels even more profound. Although as bereaved parents are keenly aware, a child’s absence is felt every day.
The amazing blog ‘What’s your grief?’ asked fathers to share their Father’s Day grief and their responses will resonate with bereaved dads at SLOW and beyond.
Here’s the full article and a selection of their responses:
You will always have that open space in your soul, for that’s where you store the memories.
You will never truly be done grieving; you will learn to live and cope.
There will come a day when you will look back and see the goods before the bads.
I am an amputee, a father without a son. THAT is my new normal.
I may look the same as before Kylie died but I’m a different man altogether.
The weight of loss never goes away, we just learn to carry it.
And for the non-bereaved, how should you acknowledge Father’s Day? Our advice from SLOW is if you know a grieving dad, pay them a visit or make that phone call to tell them that you are thinking about them and their child.
Be kind to yourself on Father’s Day and if you need support the SLOW support groups are open to all that have lost a child and parents can come at any time after the death of their child. For times and dates of forthcoming SLOW support groups link here.
Massive, massive congratulations to Harry Sroka, 12, who ran 13.7 km in just 66 minutes at the Great Midlands Fun Run on 2nd June – how fast?! And he doesn’t even look tired in the photos! He raised an incredible £525.75 for SLOW. Thanks Harry.
And if you want to sponsor him there’s still time, click on this link.
If you would like to help SLOW please do get inspired and contact us with your fundraising ideas. We can help you with everything you need to make your fundraising event go well. Click here for more information.
Brilliant sets from Rob Delaney, Heidi Regan and Ivo Graham as well as the hilarious compere John Robins made SLOW’s first-ever comedy fundraiser a roaring sell out success.
We raised over £1,400 on the night – cash which will enable SLOW to set up a new weekly group in North London.
Big, big thanks to Rob Delaney, and all the other comedians that volunteered their time for free. And the biggest thanks goes to our volunteer, Kat Roberts, who organised the whole night for SLOW. Thank you so much Kat!
And… if you have a fundraising idea for SLOW please do get in touch with Kelly Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll do all we can to help you with your plans.
Mother’s Day can be particularly painful if you have lost a child and even more so if you have lost your only child.
This article from the amazing blog ‘What’s Your Grief’ was written two years ago but it’s definitely worth revisiting on this difficult day.
‘What’s Your Grief?’ asked their readers to help them write a post in anticipation of Mother’s Day and together nearly 100 bereaved parents offered their thoughts. Their collective wisdom was compiled to write a heartfelt letter to bereaved mothers. Here are some beautiful insights:-
It is excruciating knowing that my child will never return to my arms. However, a mother’s love for her child doesn’t require physical presence.
I actually am normal. I’m just different now. I believe those who say they want to support me on difficult days like Mother’s Day, but part of this is accepting me as a grieving mother who will always love her deceased child.
On the one hand, I feel immense joy because I was blessed with my child and I feel gratitude for every moment I was given with them. On the other hand, the pain of missing my child – my greatest happiness, my life’s purpose, and my best friend – is intense.
This day will forever be hard for me. I live with an emptiness that no one can fill; so I may be sad, I may be unsociable, and I may need to take a break to be by myself in a quiet place. Whatever shape my grief takes on this day, please allow me to feel the way I feel and please follow my lead.
I can sense that people feel uncomfortable talking about my child and I constantly feel like the elephant in the room, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Honestly, I find it really comforting when someone talks about my child.
Be kind to yourself on Mother’s Day and if you need support the SLOW groups are open to all that have lost a child. For times and dates of forthcoming SLOW support groups link here.