Crematorium donates £12,000 to local charity ‘Families in Grief’

‘Families in Grief’ (FiG) is the latest charity to benefit from the North Devon Crematorium’s role in a national metal recycling scheme.

Today (Monday 15 August) a cheque for £12,000 was presented to the charity from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s (ICCM) Metals Recycling Scheme, which enables metals from cremated remains to be safely recycled.

FiG is a local charity that helps bereaved children, young people and their families to feel better and less alone in their grief.

The charity offer support through phone calls, resources, home and school visits, as well as through two support group programmes lasting six weekly sessions. The ‘children’s group’ is for primary school children aged 5-11 and the other ‘teens in grief’ is for young people aged 12-18. During these sessions, the parents of the children have the opportunity to attend their own support group in a room nearby.

FiG recognise how hard it is for children to talk about their feelings and so encourage them to express themselves through creative activities. The teens in grief group also bond through activities like surfing or climbing which allows the families and individuals, in a similar boat, to be brought together.

Chair of North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Helen Walker, says: “I am really pleased that we have been able to donate £12,000 to such a worthy local charity that provides such vital support to children, teens and local families during what can be a very difficult time in their lives. I’m know the money will be very well spent and will benefit those who need it most.”

Director of the charity ‘Families in Grief’, Emma Marston, says: “We are absolutely over the moon to receive this donation. Over the past year we have seen many more bereaved families coming to us for help and sometimes our resources can be quite stretched as we are only a small charity! The donation from the crematorium’s recycling scheme will enable us to continue to provide support to the increasing numbers of bereaved families in the area. It’ll make such a positive difference to their lives – thank you!”

If you’re seeking help for your bereaved child or looking for support for a grieving family, you can make a referral via their website.

To find out more about the work of the charity, visit their website, telephone 01237 479027 or email info@familiesingrief.org 

The metal recycling scheme is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and is only carried out with the consent of the bereaved.

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