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Surviving Lauren Menzies - Navigating Loss in the Modern World

 

LAUREN'S JUST GIVING PAGE

RAISING MONEY FOR ALDERHEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

I am Lauren's mum.  When my daughter died my whole world changed.  This is my survival story.

As a family we are raising money in Lauren's name for Alder Hey Children's Hospital.  Visit her Justgiving page here

 
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Nuggets of Knowledge

Grief, it's such a small word for such a huge amount of emotions. We grieve for so many reasons, the loss of a loved one (animal or...

Our Gang

The picture is a photo of the heart we were given at Alder Hey hospital. You wouldn't know what it was for unless you'd been in a...

No One is an Island

When Lauren fell ill I was a bastion of cool and calm action. I didn't cry or stress I simply got on with it. I listened to the...

Fortitude

Definition of fortitude noun mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously Recently...

Human Nature

I feel sad, we've heard the news we were all expecting, The Queen is dead. I actually teared up in the car when I heard a clip of the...

Do the Patch Test

I've no intention of trying to imitate the great Baz Luhrmann, and I'm hopeful that most of you know the benefits of sunscreen, but on a...

Archie

I've tried really hard to stop my thoughts from spilling out, really tried to ignore the unease that was swirling, aware that what I...

16th Birthday

A Letter to my Daughter Today you should be turning 16 years old. I wonder what we would have done. You would have no school to go to so...

Normal is as Normal Does

When we observe other peoples lives we often find ourselves thinking, "How do they cope with that?" or "Why do they put up with X/Y/Z?"...

Blinkered Vision

I was looking at some social media posts last week of Lauren's school friends. It was their last day of formal teaching at High School...

Walking with a Limp

The loss from grief does not get smaller, how could it. My daughter died at 13 years old, that will never change. What we do is learn...

Altered Image

There is lots of talk about what grief looks like, how to deal with it, talk about it, how best to help. But the reality is that we are...

Other People

When Lauren died I remember feeling shocked. This probably sounds like an obvious emotion, but I was shocked because I thought this was...

"There are No Words."

After Lauren's death I joked that I was going to have this tattooed on my forehead, I heard it so many times. Please don't think that is...

Down the Rabbit Hole

Now December is over I can stop and breathe, look back over the month with a clearer view. December, for me, is all about getting...

Anniversary time

A friend asked recently why I hadn't written in a while and I said it was because I'd been busy, but that was only part of the reason. ...

And On ...and on

I write less, not because I have less to say, but I fear I may just repeat myself. We are approaching the end of my second year in grief....

Life through a Lens

I've tried to write on this topic for a while, but found it difficult. If it wasn't for the media we wouldn't have raised over £20k for...

Birthday - Round 2

The second birthday without Lauren. Another year older, another year since I've last seen her, hugged her, laughed with her. Despite all...

Swirly days

My head has been very swirly of late, unable to fixate on a single thought path for any length of time. Time is changing, home is...

 

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Upcoming Events

  • 50km Ultra X Summer Trial Marathon
    Sat, 09 Jul
    Hebden Bridge
    09 Jul, 07:00
    Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge HX7, UK
    This is the big one! 50km Trail Marathon with 1550mtr Elevation - Chris must be off his rocker!
  • Epic Lakes Swim Derwent Water 3th July 2022
    03 Jul, 08:30
    Keswick, Keswick CA12, UK
    Another Epic Open Water Swim for Sarah and her friends and family.
  • Epic Events Southport Triathlon
    22 May, 19:00
    Southport, Southport, UK
    Chris will take part in this, his first Olympic length Triathlon: 1500m swim / 40k cycle / 10k run
  • Night time Summit of Snowdon
    Sun, 01 May
    Caernarfon
    01 May, 01:30 – 9:30
    Caernarfon, Snowdon, Caernarfon LL55 4UL, UK
    An Alder Hey Organised event to raise money for the Children's Hospital
  •  5k a day for Alder Hey    **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    10 Jul 2021, 19:00
    United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    From 11 July 2020 until 10th July 2021 Sarah will be walking/cycling 5k every day to raise money for Alderhey Childrens Hospital
  •  Wooler Trail Marathon   **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    14 Nov 2020, 08:00
    Northumberland National Park, 7 South Park, Hexham NE46 1BT, UK
    Wooler Trail Marathon is set in the heart of Northumberland National Park. This is a challenging Trail Marathon with just over 6000 feet of ascent,
  • Scarfell Pike Marathon  **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    16 Aug 2020, 08:00
    Scafell Pike, Scafell Pike, Seascale CA19 1TH, UK
    A trail marathon incorporating England's highest peak. Based from Keswick the route follows beautiful lakeshore trails, wooded valleys to spectacular high mountain trails, incorporating some of the most dramatic rock scenery in the Lake District.
  • Epic Lakes Swim Derwent Water 5th July  **Completed - Thankyou for your Donations **
    05 Jul 2020, 12:00 – 14:00
    Crow Park, Keswick CA12 5DJ, UK
    The Derwent Epic Lakes Swim is event 2 of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place from Crow Park, in Keswick and forms part of the National Trust Regatta Weekend.
  • Badass Mucker Junior
    Sat, 20 Jun
    Caton
    20 Jun 2020, 12:20
    Caton, Caton, Lancaster LA2, UK
    A 2.5km Course over 25 Obstacles, including muddy areas and a finishing slide into a plunge pool. The event is hi-energy fun that challenges all abilities through the age range and emphasises teamwork and lots of laughs.