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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Fundraising Events

With the new school term fast approaching, we have been busy planning lots of fun events to raise funds to help us continue our work. On Wednesday 5 th September, a Quiz Night is being held at The Royal Oak, Milborne St. Andrew. For just £2 per person what better way to spend a Wednesday evening than by gathering together friends and family and get...
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Training Team Updates - Summer 2018

The schools may have broken up for the holidays but here in the training department we have been busy preparing for the new 'term' ahead! In recent months the Training Team has seen a few changes with the recruitment of Siân as the Training and Development Co-Ordinator followed by myself (Emily) taking up the post of Training and Development Assist...
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Mosaic Patron Sir Al - Paper published in British Medical Bulletin - Think adult—think child! Why should staff caring for dying adults ask what the death means for children in the family?

Sir Al Aynsley-Green is our Mosaic Patron, he trained as a children's physician, was James Spence Professor of Child Health in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, then Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Director of Clinical Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; he was then first National Clinical Director for Children i...
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Mosaic Matters Newsletter - Summer 2018

​The sun is shining and it's time for the Summer 2018 Mosaic Matters Newsletter   Download PDF File Here
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