Stay in the sun when the sunshine is gone, and you will find that the sunshine lives within you.
Our SOS Packs are available to anyone living in Gloucestershire that has lost a loved one to suicide. They include a Help is at Hand booklet, along with various leaflets and information detailing where they can receive other professional support.
We also offer 'Ray of Sunshine' boxes which are a really nice alternative to flowers, each one is different and tailored to the person they are for. The aim is to offer a glimmer of hope to those walking this grief journey.
WE HAVE ALSO CREATED AN ONLINE ALTERNATIVE. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
Please click HERE for more info and to fill out our REFERRAL FORM stating which item you would like to request and giving us a little information about those bereaved, their address, ages and also some information about their loved one. This will help us to personalise their sunshine box to make it a special gift that they can keep and use as they continue through their grief.
We host a weekly walking group which has been named 'Storms' Walking Group. We aim to complete short child and dog friendly walks usually about an hour long. We get outside in nature, with great company in a bid to walk through 'life's storms' together. Each week is a different location. This is open to anyone, not just those bereaved by suicide. Children are welcome to join us accompanied by an adult.
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We offer the Grief Recovery Method as a Peer Support Course. It is available for people bereaved by suicide who are over the age of 18.
We offer places on this course FREE OF CHARGE to any individual who is currently living in Gloucestershire and has been bereaved by suicide.
The course is delivered over 8 weeks within a group setting. You will be expected to attend once per week for two hours and will work closely together building positive relationships. We really believe that ‘peer’ support is hugely beneficial to feel supported through your grief. There are also weekly tasks to complete at home in your own time.
FOR PROFESSIONALS AND SCHOOLS
We are also able to deliver our 'Helping Children Deal with Loss Course as part of the Grief Recovery Method directly to professional settings where adults are supporting children bereaved. This is a charged course.
Our Support Group takes place on a Wednesday evening once per month in Stroud. This is usually the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm.
The group is facilitated by Lorraine Meylor-Warlow who is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. There are also four Sunflowers volunteers who help run the group; Andy, Wendy, Graham and Di. To find out more about the Sunflowers team, please CLICK HERE
Please note this is currently being delviered as an online group. To find out about our online sessions please CLICK HERE
Sunflowers offer direct support to children and young people and their families after suicide loss.
WHAT WE OFFER
An experienced Family Support Worker to take the strain and uncertainty away from parents or carers
Support which is tailored to your family needs and those of the child/ren.
WHAT WE ASK
Parents or carers support the child/ren in accessing support
It is important that children feel safe and comfortable when talking about suicide and our Family Support Worker will need to spend time building a relationship with the whole family
Young children will always need to be seen with a parent or carer; as what is important is for parents to think about how their child understands the death (or not) and what they can do to help their child
After losing a loved one to suicide, it may feel like you will never be able to smile again. We have learnt that getting outdoors and learning to appreciate the beauty around us has helped. By focusing on each moment in time and grounding ourselves we manage to put one foot in front of the other rather than allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed with the future. We believe this is a really important part of learning to live again.
We host various events throughout the year which are for families bereaved by sucide. Some of our recent events have included:
planting a memorial garden,
a butterfly release,
Children are welcome to attend alongside a responsible adult.
At present, some of our Support Services are currently being delivered online.
We also have online 1-2-1 counselling available. Sunflowers refer on to Andrea Berry to deliver these sessions. Sunflowers fund 6 sessions per person with Andrea.