Memory boxes have been donated to Sherwood Forest Hospitals to help grieving families with the passing of their loved ones.
The memory boxes have been donated by the Missing Pieces charity, which was set up by Mansfield Mum, Cheryl Broughton, following the sudden death of her son in a road traffic accident in February 2017.
The charity has created memory boxes which contain; two teddy bears (one for the bereaved parents and the other to leave with their child), a compassionate friends leaflet, an example of an order of service, a postcard to heaven to send a message, a trinket box for any keepsakes, plaster of paris for hand and footprints, a candle for eternal light, a jigsaw piece to signify a piece of you missing, an ink pad for thumb prints and healing stones believed to help with grief and loss.
The charity also runs a 24/7 support line and a text service as well as providing emergency funds for counselling.
Cheryl said: “It was so hard when we lost Lewis, we just didn’t know where to turn, so we decided to fundraise and set up the charity to help anyone who also ends up in this horrific position. We hope to eventually set up an educational programme to take to schools to teach children about grief and their emotions.
“I hope that these boxes don’t have to be used, but if they are, I hope that they give families some comfort and help through their grief.”
Chaplain Rodney Warden said: “It is such a sad time for families and we work hard to support them as much as we possibly can. I hope these boxes will go some way to helping any families who have to experience this, thank you to Cheryl for her kind donation.”
More information about the charity can be found at http://www.missingpiecechildloss.com/