Sophia Campbell first came into contact with the Candle Child Bereavement Service six years ago after the sudden death of her partner, Lee. Sophia along with her eleven year old daughter and three year old twin boys were and continue to be supported by the Candle Team.
Sophia said, “Lee, died back in 2013 and we were referred to the Candle Service about eight months later. It was mainly for my daughter, who was eleven at the time, as she was the one who discovered that Lee had died. She used the service a few times when we were referred and it really helped her through the bereavement process. As she has grown older she’s found that she no longer needs support from the team, but my boys are now using the service.
The most helpful thing about Candle is to come and meet people. It allows me to talk about how I’m feeling.
When Lee died they were so young that they didn’t really understand, but as time has gone on, they now realise what happened and have their own questions around it and are dealing with their bereavement. The most helpful thing is to come and meet people. It allows me to talk about how I’m feeling, which is important, but it also gives me the opportunity to support other people in similar situations.
Grief can be a very lonely journey and these groups help to stop that being the case. My friends and family were amazing after Lee died, but as time goes on and things go back to normal, it’s comforting to know that the support from Candle is always there.”