9th Oct 2015
Coping With Grief
After she struggled to cope with bereavement, Charlene McKellar is encouraging others, who have lost loved ones, not to grieve alone.
The 27-year-old* from Glasgow wants to show people that there is help available during difficult times.
‘People don’t realise how much support is needed when you lose someone close to you,’ explains Charlene.
‘I have experienced grief a few times.
'One of the hardest things about going through that process is the feeling of isolation.
‘I want to highlight the impact this can have on a young person if they don’t get the help they need.’
With Fixers, Charlene has helped create a film to show how bereavement can affect somebody’s life.
It features a young woman who has recently lost her dad. She leaves voicemail messages on his phone in an effort to stay connected to him.
The phone calls record how grief causes her to lose her job and home, before she finds support and is able to turn her life around.
You can watch Charlene’s Fixers film ‘Hi Dad’ at the top of this page.
‘The young person in the film struggles to cope with her emotions,' comments Charlene.
‘She desperately needs support to manage her responsibilities. She eventually gets the help she needs to accept her loss.’
Charlene plans to share her film on social media, to help those unable to cope with the passing of a loved one.
She adds: ‘I hope that the people who need help see this film.
‘There is support out there for them.’
For more information and advice on this issue, visit soar.fixers.org.uk, www.cruse.org.uk or www.getconnected.org.uk.
This Fixers project is supported by Simplyhealth.
To see other resources like Charlene's, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.
*Note: Some Fixers exceed the age range of 16 to 25 during the course of their project.