What is the best help for bereaved adolescents?

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are looking for adolescents (Aged 16+), parents/guardians and clinicians to take part in an online study to help us understand the best way to help bereaved adolescents.

If you are an adolescent or a parent, click here for more information

If you are a clinician/counsellor, click here for more information

 These documents might give you a good idea what the study is about. Please contact us if you have any questions.

FTM C-19 response update #9: 6 May

Good afternoon everyone

Hope you all are well and continuing to be ok through-out these times.

I’ve recorded another video message as my weekly update for this week. The camera and I are not a natural fit – it is authentic though!! A summary of the core messages include:

  • A big thank you to our Volunteer Mentors patiently waiting for Camp to return. We greatly value our Volunteers and cannot thank you enough.
  • Mother’s Day this Sunday
    • Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day
    • We also recognise that Mother’s Day can be a tough time. Our offer of support for appointments with our Clinical Director, Dr Robby Fullerton, is available – please contact Nic Suffling or Nikki Webster if you need to make an appointment
  • Call for help!! We are seeking professional volunteers to provide some help from home! This includes:

I look forward to updating you again next week but, as always, please ensure if you need help or support from the team, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please continue to stay safe, stay home, look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

FTM COVID-19 response update #6: 14 April

Good afternoon everyone

Easter is normally a time full of traditions, customs and times of connecting with loved ones. Easter 2020 will forever go down as a unique time in our lives with the weekend lockdown rules being applied across most of Australia creating an opportunity to ‘connect’ differently over the long weekend.

Last week, James launched the #connection campaign – a campaign to provoke sharing of a virtual hug across your virtual and social network. There has been some tremendous momentum behind the campaign and who wouldn’t want to spread some kindness and virtual hugs during this period of time!

I’d like to reiterate for our Feel the Magic community that our team is constantly thinking of you. The #connection campaign stemmed from what is most critical to Feel the Magic – the creation of safety in those around you. So, sending a virtual hug was a small piece of Camp shared in current times for the people at the top of our minds.

We also know that special events in our lives can also be challenging and difficult and that support during these times can often feel lessened or faded. Knowing that some of you may be finding it tough or challenging right now doesn’t sit right with us so please let us know how we can help and we’ll see what we can do.

The COVID-19 across Australia seems to be flattening – some great progress as it appears most of Australia have responded to the Government’s requests and this is taking affect. We’ll get through this together so long as we ‘keep to the course’. In the meantime, our virtual hugs have come your way – please share these and hopefully the Easter break was a time to connect with your loved in your own ‘lockdown’ situation.

Stay safe, stay home and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

FTM COVID-19 response update #5: 8 April

Good afternoon everyone

As the new norm sets in and we continue to work through these challenging times, its been incredibly humbling to receive some very positive feedback from the Feel the Magic community – I greatly appreciate this and thank you. The positive sentiments received has reinforced the need to ensure we are reaching out to family and friends to ‘check-in’ on them.

The team has been meeting twice a week to ‘check-in’ and keep a positive momentum on our Healthy Grieving Program which we will trial as a team next week. We will then look to pilot the program with a group from within the Feel the Magic community – bringing a new way of supporting our bereaved children and their families to our community.

I, like everyone, have been challenged a little with the remote working and isolation – not seeing my new ‘Feel the Magic’ family regularly to give a hug to has been hard. I am very grateful for the family time and the unusual amount of time my family with me!! We had a good laugh on the weekend when my 8-year old daughter had a crazy hair and hat carnival!!

We are sharing a virtual hug this week – a great initiative from James our co-founder. Look out for the campaign and please, share a virtual hug across your virtual communities!! Look out for the #connection challenge – aligned to one of our core values but doing it differently for now!

Stay safe, stay home and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards
Adam Blatch
Chief Operating Officer
Feel the Magic

FTM COVID-19 response update #4: 1 April

Another week has progressed in this new world order and we continue to work towards further measures of shutting down COVID-19. It has been an interesting week with each day potentially bringing something further on either the Government’s response or innovative ways to stay connected in this ‘shut-down’ period.

We are hoping you have found your ways to stay connected to your loved ones, your neighbours and your communities. It has never been more imperative now to look out for each other where you can.

At Feel the Magic, we are continuing our remote working and connect multiple times per week in some format. The team are working tremendously hard on our virtual program of support – our Healthy Grieving Program. We are moving towards a pilot program by mid-April if all goes well. We will keep you updated on this as we go.

Look out for some social media coming out this week – a virtual hug campaign to share our Feel the Magic love!

Stay safe, stay home and look out for the communities around you.

Feel the Magic founders, James and Kristy Thomas COVID-19 update

7 years ago, James and Kristy Thomas dedicated their lives to supporting the healing process of grieving Australian children and their families. Their passion hasn’t wavered and are even more determined to support our grieving families especially during this time of uncertainty.

Now more so than ever, the Feel the Magic team are working extremely hard behind the scenes to create new ways of program delivery and maintain the impact we are having on the grief community.

James and Kristy have a special message, click on the link to watch the video.