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Bereaved Parent Support Day

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The Support Day offers understanding, encouragement and support to any parent who has suffered the death of a son or daughter in any circumstance and at any age.

The worst loss a parent ever has to face is the death of a son or daughter.

Children are ‘not supposed to die’. But sometimes they do – and the extent of pain and devastation, even isolation, experienced by parents when a child dies is unimaginable.

Whether you are coming on your own or as a couple, you’ll be able to meet others who understand the heartache you are going through. Many have found that these events can make a huge difference in helping them cope both now and as they think about the future.

“It was helpful just being able to meet and talk with other dads who are experiencing the same pain and are not afraid to admit it.”

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The difference a day can make

As well as having times to share informally over refreshments and lunch, you will have opportunities to:

  • Meet and share with other parents who have suffered the death of a child
  • Discover practical ways to work through the pain of bereavement and loss
  • Receive comfort, hope and help for the journey ahead

The day will be led by Bereaved Parent Support Co-ordinators Kath and Mike Coulson and their team. They lost their eldest son Philip, then aged seven, in 1994, and know how difficult life can be following bereavement. Whether your son or daughter died last week, last month, or years ago, if we can help you on the difficult ‘journey’ of grieving, we would love you to join us. If you have ever felt that no-one else understands the pain, heartache and the devastation you feel since your son or daughter died, this day is for you.

Mike and Cath

The cost of attending one of our Support Days is £22 per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

For further support, please visit our COVID-19 support pages.

Booking Information


We have been following government guidelines regarding larger gatherings and due to the ongoing nature of the situation have decided to suspend all our autumn face-to-face support days and weekends. This was a difficult decision, but our primary concern is the safety and well-being of those attending.

We hope that the situation will change in 2021, but in the meantime we are developing  on-line support sessions. These will be available in the autumn and this page will be updated with further information and booking details as soon as possible.

Saturday 20 June 2020 – Highworth Community Centre, Swindon – Postponed
Saturday 7 November 2020 – Dundonald Elim Church, Belfast – Postponed


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