We received a wonderful donation from the lovely Sandy Jones recently, who brought in two large bags full of beautiful crafts items. This gorgeous assortment of sequins, shells, buttons and stickers are perfect for our therapeutic group programmes, where one of the creative activities is the creation of a memory box to help the children remember their special person.
Our memory boxes are kindly donated to us and are then painted by our lovely volunteer Sue. The children choose the colour/s that they would like their memory box to be and then decorate them to remember their special person, filling them with all their precious memories inside.
After the programme the children take them home to look back through their memory boxes whenever they need to and can continue to add any special items to the box, that remind them of their special person.
With the help of this recent donation from Sandy the children who attend our next group programmes will be able to make their memory boxes even more sparkly than ever!
Daddy always said pink is for girls and blue is for boys, so my box is for both of us! I made lots of things to put inside including a star that I hung on the golden tree at the end of the group with a message to Daddy. I also have his hat and Liverpool shirt and all of the Father’s Day cards I have written to him.
The group was so helpful; we made feelings jars and memory boxes. Even now on anniversaries I look back at what I made and it really helps. It was just nice to talk to people my age that had been through something similar.
We use a variety of creative activities to enable the children to: express their feelings of grief; share their memories and explore ways of coping. Our aim is to encourage healthy grieving, happy memories and resilience for the future!