Mosaic - Supporting Bereaved Children
Who we are
Mosaic is a Dorset wide charity offering a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families. Mosaic also offers support for those young people facing the death of someone close.
Individual support Family group work
Residential weekend programme
Training for volunteers and professionals working with bereaved children
Our Residential Weekends give the children and young people we work with the opportunity to meet others, share their experiences and talk about their special person who has died.
The weekends are a very important part of the work we do. The children and young people make new friends who understand how they feel and realise that they can still have fun and enjoy themselves.
During the weekend the children and young people take part in team building activities like archery, craft making, obstacles courses and games. They also spend time talking about what happened to their loved one and the feelings they have experienced. We have a GP who comes and talks to the children, answering any questions they felt they were unable to ask about the death and a candle ceremony where we quietly remember our special person. This is a very emotional part of the weekend but one which the young people say is very important to them.
The ‘anger workshop’ on Sunday helps them to understand ways to express feelings safely and gives them a chance to get rid of their angry feelings by throwing balls of clay at a wall.
The parents take part in similar activities to the children. This gives an opening for conversations to start when they meet each other at our closing ceremony when they talk about what they have made and the memories they represent.
On Sunday afternoon we hold our closing ceremony when the children give presentations about what they have done and receive a certificate and Mosaic Teddy. All children are also given a Mosaic hoodie and a beautiful quilt which are made and donated by the Linus Quilters in Dorset.
The weekend finishes with a balloons release – each balloon having a special message to their loved one attached. Watching the balloons float away is always a very special moment for the families, volunteers and everyone involved.
These weekends and our ongoing costs are funded by charitable trust, community and individual donations and fundraising. We also hold our own fundraising events.