Top Tips For Separated Parents This Mother’s Day

parentsapartSpecial days throughout the year can be tough time for separated families, with parents and children all too often feeling pulled in different directions over celebrations.

That’s why Relate Bedfordshire and Luton, has compiled tips for both mums and dads to help make the day special for everyone. (more…)

Relationship Coaching Workshop

Brand new 3 hour workshop starts on 27th March 2014

Coaching, unlike Counselling, is action based and solution focused.  Our workshop, is led by a qualified Life Coach, and will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Building self esteem
  •  Eliminating emotional baggage
  • Attracting the wrong people
  • Conditional versus Unconditional love
  • Conflict management
  • The highs and lows of online dating

Cost: £ 45

Duration:  3 Hours

If you’d like to find out more about the courses we offer please contact our Education & Learning team on 01234 342503 or email us.

Losing a Parent – by Relate’s Sue Reed

Losing a parent

Buddhism has a maxim, “we are alive therefore we will die”.  This is a simple and obvious truth of existence but one which we struggle to come to terms with. Death and dying are often a big taboo in families, who would readily discuss other life changing experiences.

There is the natural expectation that parents will die before their children but nothing really prepares adult children for the loss of this relationship. When parents die we have to face a changed reality. The people who have brought us into this world and have known us for all our life are no longer there, so what is our place in this family when we become elders, who do we look to for support? Adults who have lost a parent will often talk of the intense loneliness they feel and some describe themselves as “orphans”, remembering the feelings and fears of early childhood.