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Seminar to support single parents

Families affected by the loss of loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic are invited to attend this event in Empangeni in April

Many families still navigating the trauma of losing loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic are invited to attend a ‘single parents’ seminar’ which takes place next month.

The series of workshops, which commenced last year, were aimed at offering counselling and support to couples and parents who lost their partners or spouses during the pandemic.

Organiser and community volunteer Ruth Msomi said many families lost relatives suddenly and unexpectedly, and were forced to pick up the pieces and carry on while bereaved family members did not even have a support system or know how to deal with the pain and trauma.

‘Also, with Covid-19, families could not be comforted or consoled in traditional ways and had to deal with their grief and healing alone.

‘It was a difficult time for many already affected by lockdown regulations; some couples lost their partners while others were forced to be single parents as some spouses, even living in the same house, did not offer support or participate in the raising of children.

‘We want community members to take advantage of this programme as we will have a panel of professional experts sharing, as well as community members talking about their experiences and healing journeys.

‘Our aim is for families to heal and for those parents, who are raising their children alone for whatever reason, to receive support and access counselling services,’ said Msomi.

Anyone interested in attending or would like to make a donation towards the event can contact Jinah on 073 1722615 or Ruth on 063 2578863.



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