This Christmas Cruse, the national bereavement support charity, has launched a campaign to promote the sharing of a memory of a loved one by using Facebook and Twitter as a way of remembering.
Christmas and New Year are not always the best of times for people alone or missing someone. This can be especially so for those who have also been bereaved and the problem can be greater if, as many do, they also live in the more rural areas of Wales.
So using Twitter or Facebook will be a great way helping to keep the memory of a loved one in mind at a sometimes difficult time of the year. On Facebook or Twitter, simply post a picture of a favourite Christmas decoration or item that reminds you of your loved one, add a few words in their memory with the hashtag #MyMemoryOf, then finish it off with @CruseCare if you want, and that’s it. Your friends and family can then share your memory.
As an organisation that works to support people in this situation Cruse volunteers are also a lifeline for people who may be struggling to come to terms with life fol-lowing bereavement, especially at difficult times of the year such as Christmas and New Year.
Anyone particularly affected by a loss over the Christmas period can get immediate telephone support by ringing the helpline on 0808 808 1677.Cruse always needs more volunteers as its services are always in demand, especially in the more remote and rural areas of mid Wales. To try and sup-port people more effectively in these areas Cruse will be running a volunteer training course in April in Machynlleth.
There are no necessary qualifications to be a support volunteer but just a willingness to listen and to be able to give of your time.