Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Chrysalis Club

Nothing on the blog for the last couple of days because I've been at the Chrysalis Club which is the fabulous two-day event for bereveaved children run by Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, The Pepper Foundation and Florence Nightingale.

I had Maggie,

Daisy and Jeff

supporting me on the sports' team and some fanTAStic games of poplacrosse, unihoc and footy.

Yesterday was the moving closing ceremony when the young people show their relatives

the memory boxes,

sand jars and candles they've made and talk about what they've been doing. They also show everyone what Peter and Jeanette got them doing with drums and karaoke.

Then finally there's the balloon release. The leaders give each young person a balloon

to which they tie a label with the name of the person who has died and then the balloons are released

and we watch them float away

Right now I'm pretty worn out after two whole days of sport which is rather a lot for this former library dwelling academic!

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