Cruse Northern Ireland launches memories and words project | Cruse Bereavement Care

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When someone dies memories and words are precious and Cruse Bereavement Care in Northern Ireland is launching an opportunity for people to record in 30 words how Cruse has supported them or to remember someone who died.

Cruse NI 30th cake.jpgCruse in Northern Ireland is celebrating 30 years of providing support to thousands of children, young people and adults following a death.

Anne Townsend, Director for Cruse in Northern Ireland said: "We wanted to give bereaved people a voice to express what support from Cruse has meant to them. This opportunity will provide encouragement for Cruse volunteers who have donated thousands of hours over the past 30 years to hear those 30 words”.

Cards are available from all Cruse offices in Northern Ireland and 30 words can also be recorded by visiting

Cruse launched 30 words as part of the ‘Reflections’ programme developed through the Beyond Words Project, where Bereaved people over the age of 60 celebrated a loved one by creating their own memory of that person over a three week series of workshops. Twelve participants from Belfast and Derry who took part in Reflections displayed and discussed their projects at an exhibition in the Ulster Hall on Wednesday 4th June between 3.30 and 5pm.

Christine NI Reflections.jpgOne of the Belfast Participants Linda Nixon said: "At first I was apprehensive about the project and how I would cope with putting together memories and photos of my husband but it was really brilliant. There was a great bond in the group and we all noticed a oneness in what we were doing.  It is hard to explain how it worked but I enjoyed every minute of the workshops and the picture takes pride of place in the house."

Reflections Group with Anne.jpgBeyond Words is a regional partnership project between Cruse Bereavement Care and Stroke Association which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Connecting Older People’ programme.