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Posted On: 3rd Dec 2013

Bereavement Fix on ITV News

Fixer Moira Hickson
Moira with her late brother Iain
Ryan Doubleday speaks about his own experiences of bereavement

A Norwich Fixer, whose brother died in tragic circumstances when she was just 11 years old, is working on a booklet to help others cope with bereavement.


Her story was broadcast on ITV News Anglia on Wednesday 11th December.


Moira Hickson (24) hopes her project will help people deal with the loss of a loved one by offering guidance. Her booklet encourages people to create effective coping mechanisms such as a memory box.


‘When Iain was at university, he was in a canoeing competition. There was an accident and he passed away.


‘Because of the weather, we didn’t find his body for three weeks. It was terrible. It felt like a hole in my life, and I felt the ache more than anything else. It physically hurt.


'I don’t want to ever forget my brother. I want to remember his smell, what he sounded like, how tall he was, and hopefully something like a memory box can help with that.'


In the broadcast piece, Moira meets up with 28-year-old Ryan Doubleday, who lost both his parents to cancer when he was in his teens.


‘If you haven’t had experience of bereavement, you don’t really know what it is like. People don’t understand that it actually never really goes away; you just learn to live with it.


‘If I’d have had a group to go to, other people who were going through similar experiences, then I think that really could have helped. That’s why this project is so fantastic and why it will be so needed.’


Reflecting  on the life he might have led, Moira feels her brother would have been proud of her achievements.


‘I wonder if now he would have children and be married. I’ve missed out on all these things and I really wish that he could see the things that I am doing today.


‘I’m sure he would be so proud of everything that I’m doing.’


For more information and help with this issue, visit http://www.norwichcruse.org.uk/ or http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/.

Author: Cara Laithwaite


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