Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers Day and all those big key dates are perfect for coming together. All people should be included in these important days, and we arrange regular celebrations and events to combat loneliness for those who have suffered bereavement. This is an excellent way to be part of a support group.
Celebrating key dates as a widow is really important, it naturally improves your quality of life, especially if you do it with us! After losing your spouse, it doesn't matter how many friends or members of your family surround you, you could still feel alone. Nothing will diminish how much you love and miss them. Mingling with other widows during activities and celebrations is the best way to talk about what's happened, as more than likely our service users have been through something similar and completely understand how you feel. Celebrating is important because rather than mourning death, it helps to remind you about all the good things and what's important to you.
Valentines day is a special one in our calendar. It's the day to remember and celebrate the life of your beloved spouse. We come together to celebrate with food, drinks and presents.
Mothers day can be a tricky one for a widowed parent, especially with younger kids. That's why we'll take it upon ourselves to bring you mothers day gifts.
Any type of holiday can bring a cascade of emotions for widowed parents. Sometimes helping to buy gifts for Easter can be enough to get you through the extra pressure of responsibilities that were once shared by two.
The lead up to Christmas day can be very different for a struggling widow. Buying presents and showing support for family members can be tough. We buy presents to help support the families and brighten up Christmas day for our widows.
Christmas can be a lonely time for a widow, especially one that doesn't have a family to spend it with. That's why we host support groups around Christmas time in our activity centres. You'll get the chance to mingle with other widows. We'll be having a laugh, opening presents eating good food & drinking, come on down!
This year, we decided to do something a little bit different for Valentine's by giving back to the community. We gathered service users and volunteers to visit and donate gifts and toys at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Did you know kindness has a whole host of benefits? It can ease anxiety, boost serotonin (the chemical that makes us happy) and lots of other things!
Thank you to everyone who helped us show love where it is most needed and who came down to join for the social gathering afterwards.
No one should be referred to widows befriending service without prior family or client consultation. Please make sure the user has been asked before referral.