Grief Encounter May 18 What we've been up to this month: Good Grief Groups This month seen the conclusion of our annual 10-week programme of Good Grief Groups. The Good Grief Groups were launched in January 2015, in response to feedback from families who wanted the opportunity to meet regularly with bereavement focused groups. The groups provide attendees with the space and time to get to know one another, exploring some of their innermost feelings in more depth and form a closer unit in a safe and nurturing environment. We have found the groups to be effective in relieving isolation and improving emotional well-being. Here is some of the feedback from our attendees: “The support of the group and therapists and staff has been absolutely wonderful. I am stronger now and better equipped to grieve and cope with everything that the future will bring us. A wonderful experience can’t wait for other meetings” “Thank you so much for this opportunity to meet wonderful people, share our struggles and our dreams. Thank you for the space to reflect and stop for one moment. We are deeply touched by all the incredible support that we have received from Grief Encounter” Grenfell Memorial In May we collaborated with, Grenfell United, the Metropolitan Police and Action for Children, CAMHS, CBUK, and Winston’s Wish to organise and implement a memorial for all the bereaved children and families from the Grenfell Tower fire. The memorial took place on 13thMay 2018and in the run up to the memorial, we supported the community with numerous counselling sessions and drop-in sessions. During the memorial a safe, containing space was created with music written by the children and a ‘tree of life’ created, with readings and faith prayers shared during the ceremony for 200 people, all of whom directly affected and bereaved. The culmination being a balloon release from the top of the tower, with each balloon representing each Grenfell victim. Comedy night Grief Encounter raised an incredible £150,000 at our annual Evening of Entertainment with help of our generous supporters and wonderfully talented acts including, Lee Nelson, Hal Cruttenden, Adandoman and Katherine Mills.The night was a great success, filled with smiles, tears and laughter and the generosity shown by the audience members was truly staggering. At a time when referrals are at an all-time high, this money will enable us to continue offering our support to children and young people in their darkest hours.