This project aims to support people in the Lancashire area during the pandemic, especially those who lose a loved one during this period and are unable to have a proper funeral due to the restrictions.
11,000 people die in the UK every week. During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown funeral attendance is limited to immediate family, some families are not able to have a funeral at all, and of course loved ones are unable to gather to support each other.
Why the project is important
We know that physical health is hugely affected by mental and emotional health and that losing a loved one is one of the most emotionally difficult times of our lives.
When we experience bereavement in normal times we gather to share stories of the departed loved one, which helps us to celebrate their life and to acknowledge our sadness at their passing, but to also be grateful for our love.
We support each other with hugs, we care for each other with meals and cups of tea, we provide our bereaved loved ones support and space to cry and to express guilt, anger, confusion and sadness, and all of this is crucially important in ensuring we remain physically and mentally well.
At this time we are unable to gather and support each other which can be very stressful and we want to support those who experience the loss of a loved one at this time with yoga and relaxation therapy to release mental and emotional tension.
What is the fundraising for?
1: During the pandemic we will offer free online courses and classes for those experiencing bereavement, financial hardship, anxiety and loneliness.
2: Once the physical distancing has been lifted we will be offering free 4 week gentle yoga courses and relaxation therapy for those affected by bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic. If we are able to raise enough with match-funding from the National Lottery we will also offer free counselling.
We will take referrals from Local Authority registry offices, housing associations and debt advisory and funeral directors.
You can access free classes (voluntary donation to the Crowdfunder. Visit the website for how to join the classes https://www.themandalapreston.com/online-sessions/
We aim to work in our community to support the bereaved to grieve, to discover the joy of movement and build positive relationship with body, mind and each other through yoga and meditation. Thank you for reading, Emma and the Mandala team xxx