Support

Be More Ben Parents Coffee Morning

Dates for 2022:   Friday 18th February and Saturday 25th June  From 10:30am at Hall & Woodhouse, 59 Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7FP 

Friday 14th October and Friday 25th November (in conjunction with Young Lives v’s Cancer) From 10:30am at Impero Lounge, Portishead, BS20 6EH

We run regular, informal coffee mornings for bereaved parents to meet with others who completely understand what losing a child is like. Our venues are always child friendly and are in a great location to take advantage of local walks. On occasions, we are joined by professionals who can offer support through #bemoreben. Dates and venues may change so please check our Facebook page for latest updates.

If you would like more information about our meetings or are interested in coming along, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org

Be More Ben Virtual Parents Meeting

Dates for 2022:   21st January  |  18th March  |  20th May  |  15th July  |  25th November     Friday’s from 10:30am    via Zoom

We are continuing to run our Virtual Parents Meetings alongside our face-to-face groups to provide additional, regular support for parents. These sessions are run by one of our Be More Ben counsellors and will provide advice and support on a range of topics whilst remaining a friendly and informal, safe space to ‘virtually’ meet with other bereaved parents from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like more information about our meetings or to receive the Zoom log in details, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org

Be More Ben Family Lunch

Dates for 2022:   16th January  |  8th May  |  18th September        Sunday’s from 12:30pm at Hall & Woodhouse, 59 Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7FP

We noted when Ben died that there was very little support for bereaved grandparents and none for other family members like aunts and uncles. Not only does the extended family have to cope with their own loss, they often have to provide the majority of the support for bereaved parents and siblings. Our Sunday Lunches are friendly and informal and allow whole families to meet others also affected by the death of a child so they can build support networks and friendships. Dates and venues may change so check our Facebook page for updates.

If you would like more information about our meetings or are interested in coming along, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org

Be More Ben Curry Club

Dates for 2022:   3rd March  |  7th July  |  10th November   Thursday’s from 7:30pm at Spicy Aroma, Clarence House, 148 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6PY

Our Be More Ben Curry Club is a friendly and informal meeting for bereaved dads to meet up with other fathers whose child has died. We are aware there is very little ongoing support for men which is why we are offering this opportunity to network with others who understand. Depending on numbers, this invitation is extended to other male family members (step-dads, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers 18+) who have also been affected by the death of the child. Dates and venues may change so check our Facebook page for updates.

If you would like more information about our meetings or are interested in coming along, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org

Ongoing Counselling

SESSIONS AVAILABLE

Consistency is so important when your life has been so full of change, which is why we offer ongoing counselling to parents whose child has died for as long as it’s needed. We work with a number of highly qualified counsellors who are experienced in working with bereavement and loss. Sessions are available by referral only and are offered at a mutually convenient time for both you and your counsellor either in person or virtually. We also have counsellors who are able to work with children to support bereaved siblings.

To receive a referral form or for more information, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org

Supporting Your Well-Being 

SESSIONS AVAILABLE

Grief can be all consuming. Additionally, if you have cared for your child while they are unwell, taking time for you is almost impossible. We are delighted to work with experienced complimentary therapists so we can offer bereaved parents the opportunity to take some time themselves to support their mental health and well-being. Your sessions are tailored to meet your needs and may include; Massage, Reiki and Reflexology. Sessions are by referral only and are offered at a mutually convenient time either in Wrington or Portishead.

To receive more information, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org

Be More Ben Care Boxes 

AVAILABLE

Our luxury care boxes are for newly bereaved parents and are full of things that Shane and Sarah received in the days, weeks and months after Ben died that helped them through the really tough days. If you are recently bereaved of a child under 18, or you know or work with someone who is, please contact us and we can arrange for a Care Box to be delivered.

To request a Care Box or for more information, please contact sarah@bemoreben.org