Run the Royal Parks Half for SLOW

Run the Royal Parks Half for SLOW

Need a fitness challenge and love running?

In 2022 we’d are hoping to support more bereaved families than ever, so we’d you love to join our Royal Parks Half Marathon team and fundraise for SLOW.

We have a number of places for the Royal Park’s Half Marathon in London on Sunday 9th October 2022. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Registration is free for each place with a minimum fundraising target of £450 per runner.

If you are up for it contact Kelly at admin@slowgroup.co.uk and please share with your friends and family.

 

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SLOW is recruiting facilitators for our North and South London groups

SLOW is recruiting facilitators for our North and South London groups

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 recruitment@slowgroup.co.uk.

For the full job descriptions please see the Work for us section of the SLOW website.

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Holding on, or letting go?

Holding on, or letting go?

Since the death of Naomi Grace 13 years ago, I’ve read a lot of the grief literature and heard lots about ‘letting go’.

I’ve come to learn that ‘holding on’ and ‘letting go’ is not a goal to strive for, not an aim for grieving to ‘resolve’ or ‘gain closure’.

Letting go and holding on is simply a dynamic flux, a relationship of loving and grieving.  As natural as breathing in and out.

The thought of ‘letting go’ of our child is abhorrent to bereaved parents. So, for me it’s about holding on closely to what needs to be held onto and at the same time loosening the grip of fear, to breathe in the love that brings her more fully into my heart. I now accept this is the life-long rhythm of grief and love.

Nicola Whitworth

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SLOW member Rob Delaney talks to Russell Howard about grief and his beautiful Henry

SLOW member Rob Delaney talks to Russell Howard about grief and his beautiful Henry

The lovely Rob Delaney was interviewed by Russell Howard about his grief and his beautiful memories of Henry as he approaches his one-year anniversary.

Rob talks about how bereavement groups can support parents that have lost a child and how it’s helpful to meet bereaved parents that are ‘further on’ in their grief:

I galloped to the first bereaved parents meeting, let me fill my emotions with people who are judging and who know what it’s like….I talk to other parents who’ve lost kids and they say that as time goes on, and it can take a lot of time, that what happens when they think about their child that died, the first thing they feel is really happy.

And he gives advice to the non-bereaved…. What should someone say to a bereaved parent?

At SLOW we know this is a minefield for the non-bereaved but in our experience we find that, more than anything, bereaved parents want to desperately talk about their son or daughter that died:-

What I would say to someone in that situation is, and it’s not one size fits all.  If you know somebody who’s lost a big one, like a sibling, a child, a spouse or something.  They’re, you’re thinking about that person, I’m thinking about Henry… so if you colme up to me and say “Hey I heard it’s about a year since your son passed away’.  You didn’t bring him up, I was already thinking aobut him and you allowed me to talk about him and think about him and that to me is such a pleasure.  I’m not tying to put a verbal band aid on anyone’s grief so you can also try and relax because there is nothing you can say that will fix it but you should acknowledge it.

Which reminds me of my all-time favourite grief quote from Elizabeth Edwards:

Rob summed up his grief by talking about how love and grief are intertwined:-

The reason it hurts so much is because of how much I love him.  Grief and love are really weaved together.  So, I should be sad right now.

At SLOW we provide a safe space to share and talk to other bereaved parents about the pain of losing a child.  All bereaved parents are welcome, at any time after the death of their child.  All our groups are facilitated by bereaved parents.

For more information on our forthcoming groups click here.

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