Dr Cathy McQuaid
Call 07428 551163

 

Workshops for Bereaved Parents 

I run workshops for bereaved parents and siblings. The aim of these workshops is to help those who are grieving to find a way to express their grief and begin or continue the transformational loss process.

From July 2021 I am also running a series of two-hour online workshops for bereaved siblings. Click here for more information. 





Online Sessions for Bereaved Parents

Cathy is hosting a series of monthly two-hour workshops specifically for bereaved parents. Tickets can be bought either direct from Cathy, if you'd like to pay by BACS, via the Book Now button or if you wish to pay by card via Eventbrite. 

The ABC of Grief for Bereaved Parents

During Cathy's research into the experiences of bereaved parents and siblings she noticed various processes that occurred for each of the participants that she termed the ABC of Grief. This workshop will introduce you to this model which may help you to understand your own and others' processes. 

A refers to the immediate aftermath, some people may be in shock for a year or more. Others may appear to completely change. Many may get angry, blaming themselves or someone else. A few may want to give up, feel suicidal, turn to alcohol or drugs or other addictive activities to help them cope. Some may feel so alone and withdraw from friends, family and the world in general.

B is for Bonds that are initially ruptured, and over time may be repaired or new ones are formed. Relationships with others are brought into question, some are strengthened and others may breakdown.

C stands for Compassion. How the bereaved person may struggle to feel compassion for themselves or others yet compasssion is key to their health and wellbeing.

During this workshop Cathy will share some of the findings from her research. You will be encouraged to explore your own experiences of loss and to identify your personal ABC.

The fee for this workshop is pay by donation, with a guide fee of £20. To pay by BACS you can book direct with Cathy via the Book Now button below or to pay by card click here to book via Eventbrite.

Saturday 19th June 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

Online via Zoom

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Living with Loss for Bereaved Parents

When your child died their loss will be felt by you and anyone else who is grieving for the rest of your/their life, you will never ‘get over it’ or ‘move on’. In Cathy's experience this is certainly the case for the bereaved parents and siblings she interviewed. The emptiness or void that you feel may be experienced as completely overwhelming, the future looks bleak, you may even wonder if there is a future for you at all. How you, and those who may be grieving with you, can rebuild your/their life and find ways of living with loss is central to this session.

This workshop will explore some of the basic building blocks necessary for living day to day. How these may need to be rebuilt after such a devastating death to enable you to live with your loss.

During this workshop you will be introduced to Maslow’s 'Hierarchy of Needs,' examples will be shared from Cathy's research, along with ideas regarding what helped and hindered the research participants in their grief. You will be encouraged to explore how this knowledge may influence you and help you to find a way of restoring those building blocks. Throughout the workshop you will be invited to bring your own experiences so you can get the maximum benefit from the session.

The fee for this workshop is pay by donation, with a guide fee of £20.

Saturday 3rd July 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

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Managing Anniversaries for Bereaved Parents

The anniversary your child's death, their birthday and other life events may trigger you into re-experiencing the pain of your loss. For many of the research participants that Cathy interviewed it was the lead up to the anniversary or event that was the most problematic. The significance of these anniversaries and events and how they are managed, not only by you as the bereaved parents but by others too, needs careful, gentle and personal attention. There is no ‘one way’ to mark an anniversary, birthday or other event.

During this workshop examples will be shared from Cathy's research, along with ideas regarding what helped and hindered the participants in their grief. You will be encouraged to explore how this knowledge may influence your own experiences of dealing with anniversaries, birthdays or other life events to share if you wish to do so.

The fee for this workshop is pay by donation, with a guide fee of £20.

Saturday 24th July 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

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