Personal Stories

Joe – how HOLG’s support has helped him over the last 20 years

Joe Bass’s mum died when he was a child. The bereavement support we gave him and his family 20 years ago has had a lasting impact.

Julien Lawton

My story – by Julien Lawton

My story is quite a simple story. My life was as normal as most; I was happily married to Sara and we had three children; five-year-old Harrison, four-year-old Amelia and had just been blessed with our third, Gracie.

Lisa – life with her daughter after husband’s sudden death

When Lisa’s partner David was killed in a car accident in 2015, their daughter was just 5 years old. He would have been 35 the following day. For three years, […]

Ireana – how HOLG helped after her husband’s accident

When Ireana’s husband suffered a head injury in 2012, although he survived, the damage to his brain was so severe that he will never be the same person again. The […]

Kathy – coping after suicide

The death of a loved one to suicide can be especially traumatic and difficult to understand, particularly for children. When Kathy’s ex-husband, Gary, took his own life, she found it […]

Charlotte – living without her mum

Two and a half years after her mum died, Charlotte jumped out of a plane (with Amanda Holden) – to honour one of her mum’s wishes. Here, she tells her […]

Oscar and his mum Leigh – their story

Meet Oscar and his mum Leigh, who have shared their story of what a big difference our bereavement weekends made to their lives. Leigh’s son Oscar was just two months […]

Meet Kate – our youngest trustee

Six years after coming to us for support, Kate Trevelyan joined us as a volunteer and is now one of our Trustees. Here’s her story of how she came to […]

Remembering Imogen – with fun at the colour run

We often step in to help families dealing with grief. Parents who lose a child are often struggling so much with their own grief that they are unable to guide […]

Samuel’s story

The sudden and unexpected death of my father left us as a family in a state of shock and devastation. He had been in hospital for 2 weeks and the […]