The odds are high for heartbreak

The minute we are born, we are invited into wholeheartedness. And with this courageous way of life, inevitably comes heartbreak, grief, and loss. As David Whyte says, “heartbreak is unpreventable; the natural outcome of caring for people and things over which we have no control”.

It’s difficult to stay strong and resilient when we suffer loss, when we grieve and when our hearts are broken - even harder when the cause of our pain seems so random, harsh and completely out of our control.

There is every chance we will all be impacted by crisis at some point in our lives, as the statistics show, it is highly likely each of us will endure some family crisis…

In Australia alone: there are about 50,000 divorces granted each year and of those, 50% involve children; eight percent of children under 15 have a disability; there are 1.5 child deaths per day in Australia; 12,000 people die each year in Australia from injury/accidents, thousands more endure a life-long disability from injury/accident; and 300,000 children under 18 years will lose a parent in any given year.

It seems crises can and do hit families all the time. We also know that many families don’t survive crisis - they fragment, fall apart, break down and break up. So what is the secret to family resilience in the face of crisis, what is the make-up of the glue that hold families together through the tough times?

Heartbreak, grief, loss, pain and crisis are no strangers to Sam and Cameron Bloom - Sydney mum and dad to three boys whose lives were turned upside down when Sam became a quadriplegic after a catastrophic accident. I probably can’t do justice to articulating the inspiration this couple ooze. It’s not twee, it’s not contrived. It’s real, and raw and honest, and I can’t wait for them to share their story with you live around Australia in October/November. Over two hours you will:

  • laugh and cry 

  • hear truth about surviving and thriving

  • see the story of two remarkable humans in images, words and intimate conversation

  • discover what kept their family together through the most challenging of times

  • see the embodiment of healthy masculinity in a man who overnight became carer to his partner

  • witness the strength, vitality and vulnerability of a courageous woman who has traversed the depths of depression to achieve goals and mother her three boys

This is one for mum, dad, grandparents, families who are struggling, teenagers, people working with families - a fresh perspective on mental health, masculinity, and what it truly takes to live, and love, after loss.

Be sure to book early as spaces are limited at our selected lovely venues across Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Book here!

Melanie Greblo