My name is Sarah; I was bereaved by suicide in 2009 when I was 32. I had only been married for 6 months, so we had no children, but had lived together near Chesterfield in Derbyshire for just over 2 years after meeting in 2004. I found out about WAY through my local branch of Cruse Bereavement Counselling, and joined within weeks – people as young as me were not supposed to be widowed, and I didn’t know anyone in the same situation as me!
It was an instant relief to find lots of people in my own age group who knew exactly what I was going through. I spent hours and hours in the long, lonely evenings chatting to other members on the forum, and made many friends who I eventually got to meet on the events and holidays I attended.
Late in 2010 I was asked to become a volunteer and take over as the Area Contact for Derbyshire, which I was very happy to do, and in 2011 I also became a Trustee. I was honoured to be able to give something back to the charity that has helped me so much, and continues to do so (there are still challenges to face, and times when I get upset – even after the amount of time that has passed). I now work for WAY, and am looking forward to the challenges and rewards that will bring in the future.