North London Groups 07532 423 674 | South London Groups 07908 937 722 info@slowgroup.co.uk

What we do

How can SLOW support you?

Support Groups

Regular meetings in North and
South London

The SLOW support groups are a place to be yourself and take strength from the support of others, before returning to daily life and its challenges. At our meetings you can share stories with others who have experienced a similar kind of loss.

Sibling Workshops

Quarterly meetings for SLOWsibs
in North London

SLOW runs quarterly creative workshops for bereaved children who have experienced the loss of a brother or sister.  The workshops provide a safe place for children to make new friends, aiming to reduce isolation, foster resilience and develop creative skills.

Helping professionals

Resources for those working with bereaved families

SLOW has been listening to and supporting bereaved parents for over ten years and believes that the experience of our members is crucial in informing those working with bereaved parents. We combine what we have learned from bereaved parents with current grief theory to provide expert training that is practical, relevant and informative.

How SLOW can support you?

Support Groups

Regular meetings in North and
South London

The SLOW support groups are a place to be yourself and take strength from the support of others, before returning to daily life and its challenges. At our meetings you can share stories and experiences with others who have experienced a similar kind of loss.

Sibling Workshops

Quarterly meetings for SLOWsibs
in North London

SLOW runs creative workshops for bereaved children that have lost a brother or sister so they can meet each other with the aim of reducing isolation, building resilience and confidence and making new friends. We provide a safe space to explore feelings and develop their creative skills.

Helping professionals

Resources for those working with bereaved families

SLOW has been listening to and supporting bereaved parents for over ten years and believes that the experience of our members is crucial in informing those working with bereaved parents. We combine what we have learned from bereaved parents with current grief theory to provide expert training that is practical, relevant and informative.

What happens at SLOW Support Groups?

The SLOW group lives, breathes and grows from a simple ethos – we meet, we listen, we talk, we can be silent, we respect each other’s differences and we share our pain. Parents come because they want to connect with others who understand what they are going through, be it weeks or years after the death of their child. Though our circumstances vary widely, there is so much that is shared.
Our meetings take place over an hour and a half. Our meetings are ‘open’ groups, meaning that there is no pressure to come regularly, or to adhere to a certain number of meetings, but to come whenever it feels right to do so. Parents are welcome to come in the way that helps them, some attend regularly and others come occasionally. Our primary aim is to provide a space that is welcoming.
We have learned that parents prefer to talk about whatever is uppermost for them at any given time, rather than attend prescribed theme-based sessions. We do however observe that there are times of the year which can be particularly painful for bereaved parents – religious festivals, Mothers’ and Fathers’ days, summer vacations, and anniversaries and birthdays.

How do I join a support group?

Anyone who is a bereaved parent can attend our support groups. Parents can call 07532 423 674 or email us themselves or we can be contacted by a family member or health professional.

A member of staff will contact you within a few days to arrange a convenient time to phone and discuss with you whether the SLOW group will be able to help. This initial phone call puts you under no obligation to arrange to visit the SLOW support groups.  If you wish to come to a group, you’ll be invited to attend a support group after which SLOW will follow up your visit by telephone or email.

Attendance at the group is flexible, parents may attend for as long and as often as they feel the group is providing them with the support they feel is helpful.

"Since my first visit to SLOW after the sudden death of my daughter I have found the group has given me comfort, inclusion and the knowledge I can share my deepest feelings of shock, pain, isolation, anger and fear with those who have felt and are feeling the same."

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"Being listened to and understood is for bereaved parents a ray of hope amidst a world that has fallen apart."

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"SLOW has been a lifeline for me, it is a place to go to talk about my child, to understand what I'm feeling isn't unique and that there are other parents who have 'survived' the death of their child."

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"SLOW works for me as it's informal; there are no weekly themes or 'grief exercises', we just meet, listen and talk. Even though the pain of my losing my little girl is still there, I no longer feel isolated as I have SLOW."

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"I will forever be indebted to SLOW and the incredible work they do."

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