The Upward Spiral of Grief

There are a few different grief theories and models around that attempt to explain how people grieve. Many of them are very linear in approach and seem to imply that there are various different stages to work through, in a specific order, until the person reaches acceptance of their loved one's death. Some, however, look at grief being different fo...
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Mosaic Matters - Issue 38

  Download PDF File Here Our next issue of 'Mosaic Matters' is out now! Read all about what we have been up to over the last few months and what is coming up for the end of 2019! To receive future copies of 'Mosaic Matters' straight to your emails, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our mailing list. 
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World Mental Health Day - Thursday 10th October 2019

Although mental health is something which is of paramount importance every day of the year, World Mental Health Day offers a perfect opportunity to consider how we can look after our minds as well as our bodies! In this week's blog, members of the Mosaic team are taking the time to share some of our favourite mental health resources. Diana – Music ...
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Dorset County Show

In the summer Mosaic were thrilled to be asked to meet with Mrs Hill, the chairman and Mr Cowen the president of Dorset County Show. Alongside secretary, Will Hyde, we discussed whether they believed that Mosaic would be suitable as being the charity of the year and we were totally amazed when we were chosen to be just that! Having grown up in the ...
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Volunteering for Mosaic - Meet Lydia!

Our volunteers are such a valued asset to the Mosaic team, so we are taking the time to share with you why they volunteer for us and what they gain from the experience! This time we spoke to Lydia... Tell us a bit about yourself. I live in Milborne St Andrew with my fiancé, Rog. We have 3 chickens and a large vegetable garden which keeps us very bu...
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Pre-Bereavement - When A Loved One Is Not Expected To Live

How children react to the news that a parent is dying will vary enormously. Having information about what is happening can really help children to feel they are involved and that everyone is going through this together. As a parent you may feel concerned about what information to give to your children at a time when you are coming to terms with you...
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#ReadABookDay - Our Favourite Books About Bereavement

Books can be a great way to help children and young people understand their feelings after a loved one has died. As today is #ReadABookDay, we thought we would take this opportunity to share some of our favourite books about bereavement. The Magical Wood - Mark Lemon 'The Magical Wood is a story about loss, friendship and hope'. We love this b...
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Back to School

​ Going back to school after the summer holidays can be daunting and evoke feelings of anxiety for some children, particularly when they have experienced a bereavement. After having 6 or more weeks off for the summer holidays, settling back into the school routine can be a challenge. Having had time to relax, see friends or even go on holiday, goin...
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How Myself and Others Find Nature a Comfort by Emma Pritchard

During my own grief and difficult life transitions, I have submerged myself within nature as a source of comfort, healing, relaxation and hope. These moments in nature have reminded me of the light, love and life that surround me when my grief has felt dark and heavy, by simply noticing the small wonders; the purple heather carpet over heath land, ...
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#NationalRelaxationDay - Taking Time to Look After Yourself

'If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete' – Jack Kornfield It is often difficult to find the time to look after ourselves, especially when we are busy caring for others around us. For some, it may feel selfish to spend an hour doing something completely for us when friends and family are needing our support.  Spending al...
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Summer Holiday Activities!

With the summer holidays now well underway, why not take the opportunity to try out some of these creative activities? Having time to draw or paint allows us to access and explore our memories and emotions in a way which doesn't require us to talk or make sense of how we are feeling. The following activities are all simple, yet effective, ways of t...
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#InternationalDayOfFriendship – How Do I Support My Grieving Friend?

'They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel' – Carl W. Beuchner What makes a good friend? Chances are, it will differ for every person reading this post. As with any relationship, friendships are often subject to the demands of daily life and are rapidly changing. If you add in a bereavement, this can add furth...
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Mosaic Matters - Issue 37

  Download PDF File Here Our second edition of Mosaic Matters for 2019 is now available. Take a read to find out more about what we have been up to, along with what is happening over the summer. 
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NEW! 2019 - 2020 Training Booklet

Our training programme for 2019 - 2020 is now complete!  We are so excited to also include details of our 2020 conference titled 'It's Complicated' - A Child's View of Traumatic Grief. We have a great day of speakers and workshops lined up with full details and tickets available at  conference.mosaicfamilysupport.org Those who have been o...
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Father's Day

As Father's Day fast approaches, for those children who have experienced the death of a father this day takes on an entirely different meaning. Father's Day can be an incredibly difficult time for bereaved children but it also can be a day when they can 'celebrate' the relationship they had with their Dad and share lots of positive memories togethe...
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Team Emily Avellana

On the 26th of February last year 7-year-old Emily Brown lost her two-year battle with Acute lymphoblastic Lymphoma, with a relapse to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Emily was a bubbly, vibrant, dancing, singing, butterfly and rainbow-loving little girl who bravely and stoically faced her grueling treatment. Her family are all so, so proud of her and abs...
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Mosaic Matters - Issue 36

 Our brand new edition of Mosaic Matters is out now which includes a round up of 2018 as well as looking forward to what is coming up in 2019!    Download PDF File Here
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Merry Christmas from Mosaic!

As the end of 2018 fast approaching, we are looking ahead to 2019 with plans for family events, fundraisers and training well underway.  Although Christmas is considered a time of joy and laughter, for some it can be a difficult time of year. To offer support we have put together an advent calendar offering advice to some of our families who w...
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Mosaic Christmas Concert 2018

There are just 2 weeks to go until our Christmas concert and tickets are now on sale! For only £5 this event makes a wonderful start to the Christmas festivities with great local live music, mulled wine and mince pies.  Significance Sign Choir Significance is the Signing choir of Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association who aim to bring the Deaf ...
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Training Team Updates - Autumn 2018

What a busy couple of months it has been in the training department, with bookings flying in for our one-day training courses and conference. We have delivered our Introduction to Childhood Bereavement course and Supporting Children Pre-Bereavement as well as several days of training tailored to meet bespoke needs. On 6 th October we delivered our ...
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