Approximately thirty thousand children per year in Northern Ireland are affected by the death of someone close to them. And as many as 9,000 school–aged children have suffered the loss of a parent or sibling.
Get Together – Bereaved Families Discovering is a community where families who have experienced the death of a parent or child/sibling can come together for free activity days and residentials. As 11–year–old Murphy put it, “We came to Get Together because it’s an interesting chance to meet new people like us, who know how we feel and what we’ve been through. It helps you overcome your shadows.”
Get Together is a 5–year partnership project between Cruse Bereavement Care and Corrymeela Community, supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Since it started in October 2014, thirty–nine families have connected with one another through activity days, residentials at Corrymeela, and working together to educate the community on the needs of bereaved families.
A statement we hear over and over again from children and parents alike is: “Now I don’t feel so alone anymore, ‘cause I realise I’m not the only one.” Reducing isolation, increasing confidence and resilience, raising community awareness—that’s what Get Together is all about. If you want to hear more, check out our videos below.
If you are a bereaved family and you want to get involved in Get Together, contact Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more or get involved with Get Together, contact David Cunningham (Corrymeela Creative Therapist) email@example.com or Young Cruse Co–ordinator Elaine Roub on 028 9079 2419 or Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org.