Living Losses is a project which brings together women from all over the UK, Europe and beyond to remember children who are alienated from their loving families and to raise awareness of how this issue affects men, women and children everywhere.
This is a women only project but it is not designed to exclude our loved ones, it is designed to help highlight the terrible experience of mothers AND fathers who are forced apart from their children after separation for whom the pain is compounded by the lack of understanding within society of how and why that happens.
Men have been campaigning around this issue for many years but the common response to their actions has been to dismiss them as angry men who ‘probably deserve being alienated because of their behaviour.’
Women who are affected are a much more silent and invisible group, probably because of the deeply held belief that any mother who is not living with her children ‘must have done something terrible to cause it.’
The truth is very different. The truth is that there are thousands of men AND women who are forced out of their children’s lives after separation because of the phenomenon called parental alienation. This phenomenon, which was first recognised over a hundred years ago, causes children to completely reject once beloved family members either because of the actions of one parent against the other or because of the difficult dynamics around the child.
The truth is that no child, unless they are pressured unduly, would choose to completely reject a once beloved parent and those parents who are forced out of their children’s lives have to live with the pain of losing a child and the awful stigma that our society attaches to that.
As women we want to let the world know that this is cruel to both children and their parents and our project is designed to bring together women, sewing on behalf of mothers, fathers and children everywhere, to create a tapestry which shows our connectedness and our support for each other, but most of all for children.
International Parental Alienation Awareness Day is on April 25th and we will launch this project at the Family Separation Clinic in London on that day. This project will kick off a rolling programme of sewing circles across the UK as well as in places in Europe and will welcome contributions from sewing circles as far away as The United States, Canada and Australia. All women, all over the world are welcome to join by holding a sewing circle and sending in their work which women in London will sew onto the tapestry. We are sewing for love and for the family and we are delighted to have the veteran campaigner for the family Erin Pizzey as part of our circle.
I will be posting more about this project as we go through the year and we will be highlighting it in the national and local media. We will also join with international groups who are raising awareness of parental alienation and will add our efforts to increase awareness everywhere.
If you are interested in joining us please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org either to set up your own sewing circle or to join us on the 25th April. Joining is free of charge, all we ask is that you bring along food to share and a selection of embroidery threads,, needles and other materials to share.
Media Enquiries to email@example.com
Photo opportunities at 11am on 25/04/15 at The Family Separation Clinic – 50 Liverpool Street London.