Do you know anyone who has ever lost a child? This terribly difficult loss is further compounded by the financial hardship that it can cause the family. In England, there is a charity called "You Raise Me Up" which helps pay the final expenses of young people aged 16-25. They also provide a 24 hour phone line for the families who may need to just talk. You may go to their website and read about the charity and you may find the website just here. There, that should get you to it!
They also have a Facebook page, if any of you are on FB (as many like to call it now!)
Sad to say, I know of this charity because of the death of a young man who was a neighbor of Richard's parents. I remember him from not that many years back as a boy with his brother, kicking a football over the fence and coming into the back garden of my in- laws' to retrieve the ball. The older brother died in October of 2011. ( I well remember the perfect manners of the boys, politely asking permission to get their ball. Joan and Peter didn't mind one bit seeing them! Knowing them and their love for children, I could see how tickled they were to have that youthful energy around.) I will always remember this.
If you are ever on the southeast coast of England, "You Raise Me Up" has a coffee shop in Polegate (which is not far from Eastbourne) and I hear that they have very good cheese scones!
(You do NOT want to get me started on how much I love cheese scones! You know how Winnie the Pooh likes honey? Okay, you get the idea?) Lots of other sweet goodies are there too, along with "jacket potatoes" which is what we in America call "baked" potatoes!
At the coffee shop, they have a beautifully drawn tree with butterflies. Each butterfly is in remembrance of a young person who has passed away. Sadly, I read that another name was added to a butterfly just recently.
Please let me know if you are able to read and learn more about this charity. If you are able to donate, that would be wonderful. Your thoughts and prayers for these families would also be much appreciated. Thank you.