Bereaved Couple Sat on a Bench
Rosie

I started the Rosie Crane Trust in October 2006, two years after the death of my daughter, Rosie, at 23 as a result of developing leukaemia.  I was contacted by two other parents who had lost children; we met up and found it was a great relief and help to talk about what had happened, our thoughts, memories and concerns.  I decided to start a support group and launched the trust at a party in memory of Rosie, as there was nothing she loved more than to be with family and friends.

The trust offers a confidential 'listening ear' service where trained, volunteer bereaved parents answer the telephone to other bereaved parents who need someone to talk to.  We also hold monthly support group drop-in centres in Yeovil and Taunton where bereaved parents can meet informally and talk to others who have similar experiences to them in a safe, confidential environment.  Our befriending service enables parents who have lost a child through similar circumstances to help and support each other.  Subsidised counselling may also be considered.

I have found from my own experience, and that of others, the immense value of being able to talk to people who can really understand and empathise with what you have been through.  Very little support is available for parents, especially if their son or daughter was an adult when they died.

Carol Crane

Chair of the Rosie Crane Trust

"Just walking into the Drop-in Centre, I can feel the cloud beginning "- Noreen
"What a good morning, stress levels back to normal" - Carla
"I would encourage anyone who is struggling with the loss of a child to seek support from this very special Trust" - Sue

How can we help?

  • Have you experienced the loss of your son or daughter?
  • Do you need someone to talk to?
  • We provide support for bereaved parents
  • Contact us anytime, day or night

We support bereaved parents through their grief after the loss of a son or daughter of any age and offer the following services:

  • Monthly Drop-in Centres
  • 24 hour Listening Ear Helpline
  • Befriending service
  • Subsidised counselling

The Drop-in Centres provide an informal, friendly, safe and confidential place where parents can meet others who can really understand and empathise with them.

Our 24 hour Listening Ear Helpline is staffed by trained, volunteer bereaved parents who can give you support, assurance, friendship and most importantly, someone able and willing to listen to you.

 

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