Parents with no surviving children (Childless Parents)
To lose a child is the worst of losses no matter how many children one has – each and every child is unique and precious.
Because Will was our only child, I have until recently (I have retired due to health reasons) been the National Coordinator of a special group within The Compassionate Friends (TCF) for parents in a similar situation to ours and I still run a private group for parents in this group on Facebook. The group is called CP Group. If you would like to join us please let me know, along with information about your child. This is a wonderful group of parents whose children have died from various causes and at different ages but always there for one another. Whether your child or children died recently or you are further along in your journey, you will be warmly welcomed into our group.
We arrange bring and share lunches where and when possible around the country – it is great to meet with one another when such opportunities arise.
Other Useful Links
The Compassionate Friends: Support for families who have suffered the death of a child/children
Jessica Mathers Trust: Support for those whose lives have been disrupted by premature bereavement and homelessness. Jessica’s Heart also provides a perfect venue for bereaved parents to meet together and share their grief.
Papyrus: Preventing young suicide
Child Bereavement Charity: Support and resources when a child or parent dies – UK charity
The Child Death Helpline: Telephone support for bereaved parents and siblings – UK organisation
The Laura Centre: Counselling for parents and children – based in Leicester, England
Edward’s Trust: Counselling, support and training- based in Birmingham, England
Beyond Goodbye: In remembrance of a young son, a website of ideas and resources
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: For adults who have been bereaved by a suicide
Abi May: Abi May has lost both of her two children. She has written an excellent book, The Valley Journal, and many articles on the subject of bereavement.
Counselling Guide to Youth Suicide Prevention: An online guide from Regis College in Greater Boston
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
Who can stay with us in an our of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.
Next: Will’s Story