Humble Heroes: Mike & Kath Coulson

Over the week, Christian Legacy are sharing stories of ordinary people who have done something extraordinary. Their love and generosity has had a huge impact and inspired others. Our first humble heroes are Mike and Kath Coulson…

Mike and Kath lost their eldest son, Philip, in 1994 when he was just seven years old.

Although Mike and Kath are Christians and believe that Philip is in heaven, they were left with a huge sense of loss and devastation. Today, over 20 years later, there is still a gap in their family life that only Philip could fill.

Through their tragic loss they realised that generally people don’t know how to support someone who has lost a child. Although their church and friends gathered around them to offer practical support, most people didn’t know what to say to them or how best to help them.

Not long after Philip died, another couple that had also lost a child a few years earlier came to visit Mike and Kath. It was really significant for them to see this couple living, smiling and surviving as bereaved parents.

In 1997, Care for the Family ran a one-off event for bereaved parents. Mike and Kath attended as they felt it was really important to meet with people who understood what they were going through. The event was hugely helpful and encouraging to them, and most importantly it gave them hope.

As a result of that weekend they were asked if they would become volunteers with a telephone befriending service for bereaved parents. Then in 2007 they became Coordinators of the work for Bereaved Parents that Care for the Family provides.

They are passionate about their work and love to see the real impact of it in the lives of bereaved parents. Kath Coulson said: "It has been a real privilege to be involved in this way, in supporting bereaved parents. It is a privilege to lead our team of volunteers and what we and them all long to see is some good coming from what has been the worst loss for all of us."

Mike and Kath are doing phenomenal work and have allowed their terrible experience of losing a son to help them lovingly counsel and support others going through a similar tragic loss.

Watch this video to find out more about their story and the work Care for the Family with bereaved parents:

Posted by Christian Legacy on October 20, 2015 8:00 AM

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