Caring for Special Babies & Children/Adults
Support Organisation for Trisomy 13/18 - (Patau's/Edward's Syndrome)



S.O.F.T. Ireland Family Outing Gardening and Art (Feature)



S.O.F.T. Ireland Family Outing

Gardening and Art (Feature)




Remembrance and Living Ceremony on Sunday Morning … Reading of Poems … Memento of terracotta flowerpots & saucers with begonia bulbs. These were painted with names added of special children.  Children’s Art by children painting various SOFT themes sketches.

“Gardening and Art reduces feelings of grief”

You never completely get over the loss of a child, but the most intense feelings will lessen over time as you learn how to cope. When you lose a child it is difficult to contemplate the future. Gardening and art provides an activity in which you can gently move forwards and experience positivity as you plant bulbs or seeds and then watch them grow. Gardening will improve your emotional wellbeing and your physical health, both of which will help you to positively work through your grief. You can do it alone or you can include your family and friends in your gardening and art for support and company

Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension. Stress is a natural response that prompts us to deal with challenges and threats in our lives The loss of a child would be one of the most stressful situations that can happen to you. Gardening and art can decrease stress levels during bereavement.

Depression can be responsible persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. People with depression are often recommended to do some gardening and art as a social activity.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear. Anxiety can occur after the loss of a child or can aggravate it. Anxiety can cause worrying, negative thoughts and even a panic attack.  Gardening and art can help by keeping you active

Grief can never be rushed, it will come and go as memories and events come in and out. But gardening can help you get through the hardest of times by moderating your most overwhelming feelings. Gardening and art can help to reduce these painful emotions.