Jeremiah's Journey was set up by four professionals in 1996. Through their work with children and families in settings where a significant family member was seriously ill or had died, they felt that children and families needed to be offered support at a sad and difficult time. One of the founders had a love of teddy bears and given their universal appeal used a family of bears to explore the journey through grief. Jeremiah and his family play a key role in our work and are valued members of the team!
Our work was originally informed by Winston's Wish which we have been able to build on. We are continually incorporating new ideas from the bereavement literature as well as learning from other areas. A strong influence has been from the 'Continuing Bonds' theory (Klass, Silverman and Nickman, 1996) which argues that it is important to maintain a connection or bond with the person who has died.
Our focus is on building happy memories and healthy grieving
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Children we help
Beth aged 14 years came to a group programme after her dad had died suddenly and unexpectedly. She was having difficulty concentrating at school and felt that it was hard for others to understand how she was feeling. Her relationship with her dad hadn't always been easy and she was struggling with her guilt. At the group she met other young people who had experienced the death of someone significant to them. They shared their coping strategies with Beth. She began to realise that others had a similar mix of feelings as well as good and not so good memories. She felt less alone in her grief and found a new supportive network of friends.