ABOUT THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT & THE ACTIVE GRIEF WEEKEND RETREATS:
Thank you for supporting our work and for your donations, all of which will go directly to helping less advantaged bereaved families attend our Active Grief Weekend retreats. The aim of the retreats is to support the bereaved as they look for new and creative ways of expressing their feelings as they come to terms with the death of a son or daughter.
Unique in the approach to grief . I want to come again and would recommend it in a heartbeat
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE RETREATS
Approximately 6000 young people under the age of 25 die in the UK every year leaving up to 50,000 newly bereaved close relatives and friends. Recent studies have shown that the social, psychological and financial costs of grief can be extreme. Many bereaved families report that over time they are expected to move on or put the death of their child behind them. This often results in isolation for the griever and anxieties and misunderstandings for those who care for them, an increase in alcoholism, marriage break up, loneliness, depression, poor job satisfaction - all of which amounts to a considerable but avoidable burden on the health service and on society in general.
Completely blown away I feel safe, normal, comforted, warm and fun. Very therapeutic thanks from the bottom of my heart
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE CLIMB
At a colossal 5,895 metres Kilimanjaro in East Africa is one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the earth's crust. Our challenge is to climb above the sea of clouds to reach the summit. Conquering the mountain offers an incredible sense of achievement for those who are physically and mentally strong enough to undertake it. The thin air causes altitude sickness, the camping conditions are best described as austere and Kilimanjaro has a knack of hurling atrocious weather conditions at anyone who tries to tackle it. This is certainly no walk in the park but our team know that whatever discomfort and pain they will have to deal with, these are nothing compared to the pain of grief following the death of a much loved son or daughter.
GRIEF IS NOT A PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED. ITS AN EXPERIENCE TO BE SUPPORTED WITNESSED AND HELD
I have changed how I look at things in a way I didnt feel would ever be possible
The Good Grief Project and the Active Grief Weekends are the brainchild of bereaved parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds whose son Josh died in a road accident in Vietnam in 2011. Jane is a psychotherapist and Jimmy is a filmmaker. Their response to Joshs death has been to use both the still and the moving image to articulate their grief. They now want to help other bereaved families find creative ways of expressing their grief. The work of grief is to repair the fracture in our lives following the death of a loved one by definition a creative act and by attending one of these weekend retreats bereaved parents and siblings can learn new skills (primarily photography and creative writing) and engage in various physical activities that will help them re-evaluate their continuing relationship with the deceased. We don't pretend this is easy but the weekends are specifically designed by the bereaved for the bereaved where comfort and solidarity are paramount.
I am so grateful to you for providing such a safe and open space. you have unstuck me
The weekends are open to any bereaved parent or sibling, no matter how the child died or how long ago. During the weekend participants have the opportunity to take part in three different sessions - photography, creative writing and physical activity. No previous experience is necessary and their is absolutely no requirement to join in. There is plenty of time just to be, to get to know other parents or to find your own space.
I now feel inspired to continue this journey knowing that grief wont tear me apart
It costs about £14,000 to hold each retreat (or £350 per person). But we want to make places available to all, especially those on a limited income. Please help us to support mums and dads, brothers and sisters, even grandparents as they try to rebuild their lives after such a huge tragedy.
Being a member of the Active Grief Weekend team I have seen first-hand the incredible positive impact and nurturing support that is offered to bereaved parents. An almost sacred time where hearts and souls can be nurtured and there is space for a parent to truly feel they can find the space to be with their lost child. - (Joe Edmonds, Personal Trainer)
Thank you for your support
Jane and Jimmy and all at THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT