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First birthday of special gift to support bereaved children and young people

Written by  Sophie Berry
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First birthday of special gift to support bereaved children and young people

Young volunteers at Nelson’s Journey are celebrating the first anniversary of the Smiles & Tears Gift Box. 

The majority of the charity’s young volunteers have been bereaved.  They all felt that many adults and friends around them didn’t know what to say to them when their special person died.  They felt passionate about creating a Gift Box with information, therapeutic activities and treats to support and provide comfort to children and young people during this difficult time.

Tom was referred to Nelson’s Journey for support following the death of his Mum in a road traffic collision in December 2014. He said “People don’t always know what to say when someone has died, so we designed a box of goodies for children and young people to use when they feel they need them.  Everything inside the box would be helpful and could help me feel better.”

Items contained within the box include: Gnaw chocolate bar, soft toy, a journal to record thoughts and feelings, mindfulness colouring postcards focusing on common emotions experienced following a bereavement, a happy jar to record and store positive memories and tissues with the message ‘It is OK to cry’.

Jeremiah was referred to the charity for support following the death of his best friend and sister.  His favourite item within the box is the happy jar, he says “The happy jar is a fantastic way to look back on memories of your loved one.  Whenever you are sad you can look back and cherish on pleasant times you've had - helping you understand it wasn't always difficult.”

All funds generated from the sales of the Smiles & Tears Gift Box are being re-invested into the project so that it can continue to support bereaved children and young people.

For further information or to buy a Smiles & Tears Gift Box visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/shop

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