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Posted On: 31st Oct 2014

Battling Bereavement

Fixer Gennifer Graham
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Gennifer and her late friend Eilidh

Knowing how difficult it can be to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, Gennifer Graham is hoping her experience will help other young people coping with bereavement.

 

The 19-year-old from Stirling says she struggled with negative emotions and felt very isolated after the death of her close friend, and hopes her story will give strength to others dealing with a passing.

 

'When I was younger, one of my closest friends lost her battle with cancer when she was only fifteen,' explains Gennifer.

 

'Bereavement can be such a huge thing to deal with especially when experienced at a young age.

 

'It's so important to offer individuals in these situations the guidance they need to get their life back on track.'

 

After her friend Eilidh passed away in March 2010, Gennifer had difficulties coping, losing interest in school and skipping classes, as well as withdrawing from friends.

 

Using her experience, she now wants to help others going through similar circumstances to handle the impact of grief healthily.

 

'Don't bottle things up,' she says.

 

'If you are feeling down, then let someone know as it is helpful having someone to talk to.

 

'Never compare yourself to others in the same situation as everybody has different ways of coping – just stay strong.'

 

With the help of Fixers, Gennifer has created a website called SOAR that offers support and personal suggestions for those who may be struggling with bereavement.

 

You can visit Gennifer's Fixers website 'SOAR' by clicking on the image below.

 

 

 

The website will be shared on social media using the hashtag #keepsoaring,targeting those who need help but also those who can offer it.

 

'I hope it will provide vital guidance to show young people in this situation that there are others out there that will help them through this difficult time.

 

'I also want it to be used by teachers and parents to highlight the importance of supporting those affected.

 

'I absolutely love the final outcome and I hope that others will too.

 

'Remember, it does get better.'

 

Help Fix it – Share this Story!

 

"You are not alone” – see how Moira Hickson is using a booklet to
encourage more people to speak openly about bereavement.

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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