Who we are
Forget Me Not aims to provide support to bereaved individuals to keep their loved ones memory alive.
We want to create an environment where people feel comfortable, safe and understood so that they can open up and share their experiences. We believe that hearing from others who may be feeling similar to you can bring comfort during an otherwise heart breaking time.
Death is not something that we can avoid. It’s not something that we can just get over. It is something that will stay with us and shape who we are for the rest of our lives.
We will never be who we were before a bereavement, but we can become a different version of ourselves; with more understanding and empathy than we had before.
All we need is someone to hold our hands and help us when we don’t know which path to take. We need someone to remind us that our loved ones will always live on through us, as long as we continue to talk about them. We need to be able to smile when we remember them, not weep.
We need to be able to keep our loved ones memory alive.
How are we going to do this?
Some of the ideas that we have include;
• Courses around understanding and coping with grief (I have developed and delivered an extremely successful pilot course around understanding and coping with grief and will be doing future courses with a qualified therapist)
• Workshops on remembering a loved one that will include positive creative tasks
• Support for individuals who need someone to talk to via chat/ email options
• Write a blog to inform and inspire others
Although we may be starting with the idea of running some small groups, our long term goal is to become a registered charity and support more people in the local community.
We would like to organise a variety of fundraising events and become a household name for bereavement support.
The idea behind Forget Me Not started after I lost my Dad at the age of 18. I hadn’t experienced such a big loss in my life before and experienced many confusing emotions that I was not expecting, leading to PTSD, anxiety and depression.
I don’t want anyone else to feel like that and believe that the support available for bereaved individuals is not sufficient.
I also strongly believe that the key to being able to move forward after a bereavement is by keeping your loved ones memory alive; sharing stories and memories about them is one of the most valuable things you can do to help your healing.