"Edward's Trust will always have a special place in our hearts, we would not be where we are if it wasn't for them, so for that we are internally grateful."
In September 2010, Talisha Myers, a young woman in her twenties with the world at her feet was told her mother at the age of 41 had died suddenly.
Not only did Talisha have to come to understand her feelings of her own grief and the sadness of not saying goodbye, but as an elder sibling to four brothers and sisters, and a mother to a little girl – her world as she knew it would never be the same.
Talisha along with her maternal grandmother Marie and her siblings Keavan, Shakur, Shari, and Shakiah turned to Edward’s Trust for support and guidance through their sudden bereavement including attending one to one sessions, group support, social activities and coming along and participating in Remembrance.
“I received an enormous amount of support including attending group sessions, where I was able to connect with others struggling too. From that I took hope and faith many women were there, and their difficulties varied but thoughts and feelings for the future and coping remained the same.
“Every year in November, Edward’s Trust organise a Remeberance, a memorial time for us to remember our loved ones that have passed, my family attended a number of them and also participated in reading poems and letters to our mother.
“Trips to Drayton Manor and Steam Train rides were also organised for the children, and Christmas parties arranged for us to go along and meet other families going through the same, opportunities for the children to enjoy themselves yet deal with their grief in a supporting environment.
“Since the death of out mother the support from Edward’s Trust has helped me to become a stronger person for my sisters and brothers, my children, my family, friends and for others. It’s made me aware of how important it is to be able to continue life without that loved one to rely on. It also has given me hope that I’m not alone on this path to recovery. We as a family are dealing with our grief one day at a time and the kids are growing up faster than I imagined.
“Edward’s Trust was also able to support me through a very challenging time following the death of my mother in securing the guardianship of my much younger siblings, a very stressful and negative time for our family and having Karen and Steve to support us was amazing. Sometimes we would discuss things that had no relevance towards my grief, which was liberating to actually complain and stress about “normal” things my age and for the children to do things other kids do with Steve like go bowling etc.
“I have now finished my studies and provide a support service to vulnerable children and adults, as I think it’s very important to give back and everybody needs support, whatever the situation!
“I am no longer receiving any support from Edward’s Trust, as we are more focused and aware of feelings and thoughts we may be going through. Edward’s Trust will always have a special place in our hearts, we would not be where we are if it wasn’t for Edwards Trust so for that we are internally grateful.”