We understand that there is no rush to the grief of a bereaved parent. Changes may happen imperceptibly slowly to the outside eye, but time and again, we see bereaved parents as they move slowly forwards, step by step and learning to adjust to a different life. And, eventually perhaps, they find a way to walk alongside their child, not in physical life but by cherishing their memories and living with the legacy of their child in innumerable ways.
As bereaved parents, we understand that life will never feel the same again, and that our children will be forever missing.
Listening to bereaved parents has shown us that gradually life may begin to offer different perspectives, different values, different strengths and different relationships and, most importantly, a deep and continuing bond with our child who has died.
With the help of Lottery funding our North London monthly evening group was introduced in 2014 as another opportunity for bereaved parents to receive support.
SLOW became a registered charity in 2015 and two years later, in 2017 we celebrated our 10th birthday and were also proud recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is the equivalent to a MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group. We are excited to announce the recent launch of a South London group in the Spring of 2018.
Meet the team
SLOW is run today by Nicola Whitworth and Kelly Carter, together with help from facilitators and a large group of volunteers, many of which are bereaved parents who have received support from the charity in the past.