Two CruzKids Members Graduate from University
We are very proud of Lizzy and Zoe, CruzKids members, who have both graduated from university this month. Both Lizzy and Zoe have also raised funds for Cruse in the past - Lizzy ran the Great North Run and Zoe did the Parish Walk.
Please read their stories below.
Lizzy's older sister, Eleanor, died in 2007 of a rare condition called Wegener's Granulomatosis. Lizzy was only 11 years old and described how she sometimes felt really angry, sometimes really sad and that she felt like there was a big hole inside. Soon after Eleanor's death Lizzy started receiving 1-2-1 support with Cruse and over the years has been a regular and enthusiastic supporter of the CruzKids programme. She is pictured recently at her graduation ceremony at Northumbria University where she received a 1st Class Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy, describing her career choice because she simply "wants to help people".
Zoe's dad died of Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow when she was only nine years old. As is the case with many children, as Zoe approached teenage years the reality of her loss really hit her and she sought support from Cruse to help her deal with the new feelings she was experiencing. Zoe was pleased when the CruzKids programme was set up and she realised that she was not alone. Zoe is shown at her graduation ceremony at the University of East Anglia, where she received a 1st Class Honours in Drama. She is an accomplished actress, but Zoe has a strong desire to help those less fortunate than herself and in September continues her studies at Southampton, training to be a Special Needs teacher.
Well done on your achievement girls, you really both are amazing!
New End of Life Booklet Launched
At an event at The Regency Hotel in Douglas yesterday, the End of Life Matters working group launched their new booklet, entitled Putting Your House in Order.
The End of Life Matters initiative, which Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man is part of, encourages everyone, regardless of age or health, to take simple steps to make their end of life experience better; for themselves and for their family and friends.
The new booklet gives guidance on the things that should be considered and planned for at the end of your life. The free booklet will be available from many places around the Island, including Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man, Hospice Isle of Man and Kirk Braddan, and can also be found on our End of Life Matters page.
To coincide with the launch of this booklet, Cruse also launched a companion booklet entitled My End of Life Plan, which is designed to help your family and friends know and understand your wishes, and where to find your important information and documents. This booklet can also be found on our website.
A pack containing a paper version of these booklets, as well as other supporting documentation is available from our office. If you would like to receive a copy, please let us know.
We are very proud of this booklet and the End of Life Matters initiative and are sure that many people will find it a useful resource.
A Light in Our Life Memorial Service
30th April 2017, 4pm, Kirk Braddan
Cruse and Kirk Braddan will once more be holding A Light in Our Life on 30th April 2017, at Kirk Braddan.
A Light in Our Life is a non-religious memorial service for anyone who has experienced the tragic death of a child at any stage in life - from miscarriage, stillbirth, and any age after birth.
The service, which begins at 4pm, will include music, poetry, lighting candles in memory, times for silence and reflection, and the opportunity to include a child's name in a Book of Memories.
We will also hear the names of children being read aloud. This is often done in memorial services as a recognition of a person's life. Hearing a name read aloud has been found to sometimes help those who may have been unable to name a younger child, but find they can now.
All are welcome to this occasion. If you wish to have a child's name read in rememberance and celebration of their life (last names do not need to be included) please send details before 21st April to:
Service Co-ordinator, Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man
Tel: 01624 668192
Cruse selected as joint Charity of the Year
Cruse is proud to announce that we have been selected, alongside Craig's Heartstrong Foundation, as Citywing's joint Charities of the Year!
This is a fantastic recognition of the work Cruse does, and will also help us to raise awareness and funding during 2016.
As well as being provided with 12 return tickets on any Citywing routes to use for fundraising, we'll also be involved in Citywing's annual Plane Pull event and will be able to show a short promotional video on their flights.
David Buck, Managing Director of Citywing says, "We received a huge number of Charity of the Year applications from a variety of worthy causes, which made it very difficult for us to choose just one. We are very pleased to be able to support two local charities for 2016, and excited wo be working with both Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man and Craig's Heartstrong Foundation in a number of ways throughout the year.
Both of these charities contribute enormously to the wellbeing of our Island's community, and we are honoured to assist in raising funds and awareness of their services to help ensure that they continue. It is both a responsibility and a pleasure for us, as a local business, to support the important work the charity sector carries out in the Isle of Man."
Cruse's Chairman, Les Watson, says, "Our charity is delighted to have been selected as Citywing's joint Charity of the Year for 2016. We look forward to working with Citywing to help us raise awareness and important funds, so that we can continue to help bereaved people in the Isle of Man."
Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man Conference
23 February 2016, Palace Hotel, Douglas
A one-day exploration of grief and bereavement issues. A packed programme of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities.