SLOWsibs Clay Spring Workshop

SLOWsibs Clay Spring Workshop

On Saturday 19th March we ran our SLOWsibs workshop, in person, for the first time in a year. It was such a pleasure to work with the children who were there to remember their brothers and sisters who have died.

We worked with clay and all sorts of treasures were made in commemoration.  Mariama was remembering her brother Ishmael. Casper was remembering his sister Cora and his brother Larkin. Victor was remembering his brother Martin. And Tiger was remembering her sister Rosie.

As well as using clay, the kids had a great game of football in the garden.

Thanks to all who came and our lovely volunteers Lisa and Fatima.

Our next workshop is June 18th, if you’d like to register your interest, please email info@slowgroup.co.uk

For more information about our SLOWsibs workshops click here.

 

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Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2021

Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2021

Today marks the beginning of Children’s Grief awareness week, now in it’s 7th year, the week is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK.

According to research published in the Lancet in July 2021, at least 10,000 children have been bereaved of a primary caregiver across the UK due to the pandemic and over 50,000 children have had a parent, guardian or carer die from other causes over the last 20 months.

This year’s theme is #saythewords, giving bereaved children the opportunity to be heard, listened too and the opportunity to give their grief a public voice. It’s also about highlighting what support means to bereaved children and young people and highlighting the difference support can make in their lives.

At SLOW, we support children and young people after the death of their brother or sister through our SLOWsibs groups.

We run quarterly creative workshops where children can meet other bereaved siblings to share activities that are fun and help build confidence. This helps bereaved siblings feel less alone and provides a safe space to explore feelings, giving them hope for the future.

“I find it really fun and I’ve met other children that have lost their brothers and sisters, so I know I’m not the only one this has happened to”  says one of our SLOWsibs.

Previous workshops have included cupcake decoration, miniature worlds, gardening, marbling, decoupage and Christmas wreaths. Our activities are designed to support each child living with their grief while building a hopeful future, as well as commemorating their sibling who has died.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more information about our SLOWsibs groups, email info@slowgroup.co.uk or call 07532 423674

#saythewords #cgaw2021

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SLOW Adult Sibling Support Groups – now running monthly

SLOW Adult Sibling Support Groups – now running monthly

Due to popular demand our bereaved adult sibling support groups are now running monthly.

The next group is taking place in the evening of Thursday 7th October via Zoom.  For forthcoming dates of all our groups up until Christmas please see our calendar.

We warmly welcome all bereaved siblings over the age of 18.  These meetings are a safe space to take strength from the support of other siblings, before returning to daily life and its challenges.   It doesn’t matter how long ago or how recent your loss or the varying circumstances in which your brother or sister died – we can still provide you with support. The groups are facilitated by two trained bereaved siblings, Shushma Jain and Michael Ward.

Here’s what our members are saying about the groups:

I find the meetings so supportive and helpful. I feel so less lonely and feel amongst people where grief is understood and accepted. Thank you for setting up the group and all your hard work that goes into it

Thank you for such a supportive meeting. It’s terrible that we all find ourselves in this group but I found great comfort of being with others who I can relate to and who I can relate to and who understand the pain and devastation. I felt a real connection to everyone tonight.  Thank you for giving us a safe and free space to share.

For further information about the groups click here and to join a group please contact Shushma on 07506 272 309 or at adultsibs@slowgroup.co.uk.

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SLOWsibs Herbs for Hearts

SLOWsibs Herbs for Hearts

After a year of Zoom remote workshops, this weekend SLOWsibs returned with a face-to-face session called ‘Herbs for Hearts’, held outside at the beautiful Ecology Centre in Islington.

    
It was lovely to see all our amazing sibs painting their pots and planting herbs and flowers in memory of their brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents. Basil for love, rosemary for remembrance, mint for hospitality / wisdom and petunias to remember our loved ones. Looking up petunia, it has a lively symbolism over the centuries – love, trust, hope, comfort and fury – pretty much sums up what we can feel in grief!
      
A huge thank you to our wonderful, hardworking volunteers – Laura, Mandi and Hamish.
Our next workshop will take place in the Autumn and workshops are designed for bereaved siblings aged 6 to 15 years of age. For more information about SLOWsibs click here.
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SLOW Adult Sibling Support Groups – now running monthly

New SLOW support groups for adult siblings

SLOW is proud to be launching a new adult sibling support group from April 2021.

Our new support group, SLOWsibs 18+, will run every other month, initially via Zoom.   The first meeting will take place on 1st April 2021 at 7.15 via Zoom and future dates are detailed on the SLOW calendar.  Eventually, the support groups will run as face-to-face meetings in Central London, when COVID infection rates allows.

We warmly welcome all bereaved siblings over the age of 18.

These meetings will be a safe space to take strength from the support of other siblings, before returning to daily life and its challenges.   It doesn’t matter how long ago or how recent your loss or the varying circumstances in which your brother or sister died – we can still provide you with support.

The groups will be facilitated by trained bereaved siblings and we warmly welcome our two new facilitators, Shushma Jain and Michael Ward.  Shushma recently said:

“SLOW held my hand during my darkest time and gave me hope, something I now want to do for other bereaved siblings”.

For further information about the groups click here and to join a group please contact Shushma on 07506 272 309 or at adultsibs@slowgroup.co.uk.

 

 

 

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