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Supporting Sudden Death In Children & Young Adults
Taryn Watkins

April the 8th 2015 started as just another day. Little did we know when we got up that morning that it would end up as the worst day of our lives and a day no parent should ever have to face.

That evening our beloved youngest daughter, Taryn Hope passed away suddenly and the bottom literally fell out of our world. We were left at Prince Charles Hospital in utter disbelief at what was going on.

That was the first time we heard about 2 Wish Upon A Star when we were offered a bereavement box to help us in those initial stages.

This gesture of kindness at such a traumatic time was totally priceless and something we will never forget.

Especially George the Elephant cuddly toy which we were given for our eldest daughter Lyla who was 6 at the time. She quickly renamed the elephant Taryn after her best friend and little sister, and it has since played a huge part in her grieving process.

In the weeks and months that followed the help and support we received from the team at 2 Wish Upon A Star was amazing. From our initial counselling as a family, to them going into Lyla’s school for counselling and the group sessions which were particularly helpful. Just being able to talk to other parents who were going through similar circumstances in coming to terms with such tragedy. Over three years later and we are still receiving help and support and they are always there to help in anyway they can.

Thank you to Rhian and all the team for all you’ve done and continue to do to help us and other families who suffer such an unbearable loss.

Gareth and Gemma Watkins

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