For Gillian to be able to continue providing the support that mothers like herself need following the loss of a child she needs financial support from those who share her concern. If you would like to help the information for donating is listed below.
Cheques made payable to “SIDS Calgary Society” with “Hazel’s Heroes” on the memo line and mailed to:
Marlborough Postal Outlet,
Calgary, AB T2A 7P1 (Canada)
Online at: www.gofundme.com/27hqmgc
The first Hazel's Heroes retreat was held on the closest weekend to Hazel’s birthday, May 29, 2014, while I was away. The mothers who attended participated in art therapy, Yoga, group therapy, hiking and sharing.
The best way to show the importance and value of these retreats is to rely on the words of one of the mothers who was in attendance.
“In the months that followed the sudden and unexpected loss of my beautiful 5 year old daughter Lucy, one of the most overwhelming emotions I faced was isolation. The unrelenting feeling, despite all the love and support of my friends and family, that I was in a world where no one understood what I was going through.
Hazel’s Heroes provided me the opportunity to spend time with other moms who have also experienced the loss of child, helping me feel less alone. Something I would have never thought possible in the months following Lucy’s death.
The retreat also gave me the priceless gift of bringing my daughter to life for 2 days. I felt completely comfortable talking about her, whether during meals (which were wonderful), yoga, or hiking. Being given this weekend to only have to be Lucy’s mom is one I will always treasure.”
— KARA, 2017 RETREAT ATTENDEE
July 2, 2018
I had to spend a day in Poole whiling away the time until the next day when Neil, my cousin's son, was coming to pick me up and take me back to Midhurst to spend some time with his family. I walked down to the quay along the Back Water Channel close to the Sea Music Sculpture. It was here that it became clear why so many wealthy people choose to live in Studland. They want to have a seaside residence close to their superyachts.
The weather was perfect tourist weather so I continued my exploring by walking the full length of the High Street visiting a few shops and restaurants along the way. After eight weeks of walking and sometimes struggling along the SW Coast Path wandering aimlessly through an urban shopping street was strangely relaxing. One more night in the Queen Mary Inn with a pint in my hand and the local regulars for company and then off to bed in the trailer behind the pub.
Queen Mary Inn host and hostess
I'm a grandfather who lost an infant granddaughter and who wants to help Gillian, her mother, provide support for other grieving parents through Hazel's Heroes.