supporting military widows

If you are reading this page because you are yourself a military widow, first let us say, we are very sorry for your loss.

Losing a life partner is a devastating experience, and it can take a long time to recover. You will not forget him, or her, and nor should you. Losing a loved one through their military service is a very particular loss. Our fallen soldiers courageously accepted the danger to life and limb in service of their country, and yet their loss is heartbreaking to us all, most especially to bereaved spouses, partners, families and friends.

We would like to offer you our support

We will create a nurturing space to honour your experience, including gentle relaxation and honest sharing. We will remember lost loved ones, and also bring attention to our lives in the present: how we can get through the difficult days and gently open our hearts to some peace inside, finding well-being and joys again in life. We will also cook good food for you.

The day will include a special altar with candles, where you can place photographs for the day to honour and bless remembered husbands, partners and fathers of children. We will give time to remembering them, and, as they would wish for you, more time to nurture you. There will be sensitively led meditation and relaxation sessions, including a useful short meditation for helping to cope with stressful times and waves of deep emotions.

You are very welcome on this day whether young or old, widowed recently or years ago.

10.30am - 5.00pm
27 FEBRUARY 2011

Day retreat for military widows led by Catherine Powell and Jan Jenkins. This day will be held in West London.

(more info and to book)

In this day you will be led through relaxing meditations for mindful stress reduction, helping you find your own calm centre and inner resources. You will also learn useful communication skills and strategies that support you to live well in the challenges of relationship. In particular, if you are living with and loving someone who may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, (officially diagnosed or otherwise), this day is for you.

The Tent, St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2N 4AG

Cost: there is no charge for this day: donations are welcomed!

This event has already begun so cannot be booked.

London Meditation Project Poppies Candles

Our resources page has some useful further info for military widows