What Teenagers Say

Below you can watch a short film of some of the Richmond’s Hope Teen Group talking about their experiences of bereavement

“Some say as life goes on your grief lessens but from 10 years experience I say I still cry as much as before”

(Jack age 16)

“Some people might ask why you miss them or cry but its only because no one knows how much it hurts.”

(Jack age 16)

“At school it was very hard to talk to people about my mum and my friends found it awkward to talk or mention anything about their mums”

(Lauren 13)

“The hardest thing about having someone special die is that you will never get to have anymore special memories with that person”

(Lauren 13)

“It was hard to tell my new friend about my mum when I moved up to high school.”

(Lauren 13)

“When it happened I felt so shocked because I always thought my mum would get through”

(Lauren 13)

How did it feel when they died? “I was sad and didn’t want to come out my room”

(Chowder 14)

“When I first started going to individual sessions, I still felt upset, but as the sessions went through they started to help and takes your mind off some things”

(Craig 14)

“At home after it happened, it was very quiet and it was not the same atmosphere “

(Lauren 13)

How were all your friends about it? “They were all supportive and helped me lots”

(Chowder 14)

“Richmond’s Hope helps you because you can talk to someone that isn’t in your family and it’s confidential and it helps if you want to talk to someone about things that you don’t want to talk about with your family.”

(Craig 14)

“Even though people say it gets easier as time goes on it never does”

(Lauren 13)

“When my mum first died, I felt that no one else knew how I felt and they never knew how upset I felt”

(Craig 14)

Coming to Richmond’s Hope has helped me a lot because I would have never let my feelings out and I don’t know what would have happened”

(Jack age 16)

“It doesn’t completely help you at the start, but at the end, you will feel much better than what you did at the start”

(Craig 14)

“I sometimes feel like when I am sad and miss my mum I am bringing other people down but Richmond’s Hope has helped me realise that its okay to feel how I feel when I want”

(Lauren 13)

The hardest thing for me, when my mum died was that I felt I couldn’t speak to anyone and I was alone.”

(Craig 14)