'I was filled with mixed feelings when we arrived at the residential weekend. I felt I was doing OK and my son had problems/issues. But, as the days unfolded, the weekend challenged me emotionally and physically. I didn't want to leave on Sunday, I felt at ease with everyone and had found many new friends. I had been bottling a lot up since my husband died and I found all the activities we did helped me remember and come to terms with 'my story'. I realize I am not alone and this weekend has given me plenty of confidence to meet my challenge - as long as it does not involve poles!!! Thank you.'
'I was feeling so alone and bereft. I was tired out through being unhappy, angry, inadequate, helpless and confused. I just didn't know how to deal with my children in their grief. I wanted to be all things to them but I was in a place where it was impossible on my own.
Noah's Ark gave me the much needed understanding and support to help my children. Their knowledge and experience made it easy for my children to have the opportunity to open up about their loss in a safe and secure environment.
It took away the panic and fear over not being able to do the right things for my children. I felt I wasn't on my own any more; that there are professionals out there who have similar experiences of grief and are prepared to share them to the benefit of my family and myself.'
Sue used our service when her husband died suddenly leaving her with three school aged children. Noah's Ark were able to signpost her to cover her own families specific needs.
As a mother you want the best for your children. Bereavement is a time of confusion and deep feelings never before experienced. Caring about you is in fact caring for your children. We at Noah's Ark offer a listening ear which is sympathetic, empathetic but not emotionally involved.
We are a friendly, confidential, informative, understanding, warm and caring charity that is accessible to all families in Herefordshire and Worcestershire experiencing a significant or close bereavement at no cost.
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