In 2016 and in honour of our son and brother Joshua Edmonds who died in a road traffic accident in Vietnam (2011), my family set up THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT CHARITY. Aimed towards supporting bereaved families grieving after the untimely death of a loved one, particularly the death of a child. The charity also promotes an understanding of what it means to grieve in a society that often has difficulty talking openly about death, dying and bereavement.
On Sunday 28th July 2019 I will be racing in the London Triathlon Olympic Distance event.
Triathlons have been my event of choice to compete in for the last 10 years. Since my brother Joshua died I have turned increasingly more to exercise and competition to support my own journey through grief and my overall health & well-being. I find that by exercising and pushing myself through the physical demands of training and competition I can connect with my brother in a more cathartic way. Although he is now no longer alive, he is always with me when the going gets tough. Grief is the form love takes when someone dies and the love I have for my brother inspires and motivates me to train harder.
For my participation in the 2019 London Triathlon I am raising money for our Active Grief Weekend Retreats that offer bereaved parents an opportunity to step away from the busy world and find solace and comfort alongside others bereaved and use creative forms of expressing their grief, namely photography, writing and physical activity.
The video explains more about the important work that the charity does, in particular through our weekend retreats.
Thank you from all of the team at THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT