Our family tragically lost our darling Stephen suddenly to COVID 19 on March 27th 2020 – he was just 53.
Stephen was a much loved Son, brother, father, husband , uncle and friend. COVID 19 made life extremely difficult for the whole world, but for those grieving it has been so much harder. We didn’t know where to turn to with the grief we were experiencing. When Stephen died we needed help to talk, learn how to breathe, and to be able to sleep comfortably again. We identified a need for a service to support the wellbeing and mental health of bereaved families. We have now created a project in Stephen’s memory, which will offer services in the area of wellbeing and sharing grief.
Our family will be working with Grief Encounter to support the delivery of, and income towards these new services. In March 2021 on the anniversary of Stephen’s passing we went out and raised over £200,000. The donations made to The Stephen Okrent Shared Grief Foundation Just Giving Page will support the essential services of Grief Encounter and help trial and develop wellbeing support for bereaved families in a variety of ways, including:
We envisage the Memory Wall page to be two-fold. A place where people can light a memorial candle with a donation in the memory of someone they have lost and upload a photo and message.
We hope to develop the memory wall in the future to include the ability to share music we love, stories, poetry, or your story.
The Stephen Okrent Shared Grief Foundation will help pay for the above new services and other existing services provided by Grief Encounter, with an end goal of setting up a Grief Encounter Wellbeing Centre.
For more information please take a look at our page www.stephenokrentsgfoundation.co.uk
Stephen was loving, generous and impulsive. He always looked out for those who needed help. Stephen leaves behind loving parents, three sisters , a daughter, a wife and stepchildren. He is constantly in our thoughts and missed everyday.
We know that Grief Encounter would have been a charity that Stephen would have admired. It is an honour to raise money for Grief Encounter and keep his name and memory alive in the process.
We are so grateful to have created this Memory Wall in his name and for the opportunity of building new projects in his memory for Grief Encounter.
Stephen was a much loved Son, brother, father, husband , uncle and friend. Our family will be working with Grief Encounter to support the delivery of, and income towards, new services.