Sangha Support Network

Helping Support Our Community

The heart of any community is its capacity to provide support, guidance and encouragement to its members in various ways. To that end our Sangha Support Network and the Sangha Support Fund are designed to give you the opportunity to both seek support and offer it should you wish or need.

The Sangha Support Network

The Sangha Support Network is there for all of our students. Anyone who has attended any of our retreats or online courses and is practicing meditation with Burgs may reach out to us.
As we grow we will open up our areas of support. For now we are offering support in two areas that we feel are of great importance at this time.
The first is in End of Life Care and Our Approach to Death, be it our own or that of a loved one we care for.
The second is Caring for our Children during times of disruption.
For a little more information about how we might be able to help please read below.

Sangha Support Fund

Beyond this we have also set up our Sangha Support Fund, which is there to provide emergency assistance should any of our group find themselves in dire financial difficulties and in need to temporary assistance.
This fund is made up of contributions from donations we have received from you following the various retreats Burgs hosts, and from money donated specifically for this purpose.
Please note, we do not ask for ongoing contribution to this fund. We add to it as and when there is a need. Occasionally we may make an appeal asking for support with this.

How do you apply for support :

If you wish to reach out for assistance in any of the above areas all you need to do is write us a brief email stating the following –

Name
Age (please add in your message)
Details of current situation and what kind of support you are looking for

This does not need to be a long email, just enough for some background. We will then get back to you proposing how we might be able to help.

All emails sent to us will be treated as confidential and only Burgs, Charity and Toto will read / manage these emails.

    Your Name :

    Your Email address :

    Details of current situation and what kind of support you are looking for:

    End of Life Care

    With the arrival of Covid-19, many more people around us have experienced what it is to be with someone as they go through the dying process. Normally we would have the support of doctors, nurses and other professionals to support us through this, but now things have changed and we may find ourselves having to support loved ones as they pass on. 

    We have amongst our Sangha some experienced qualified professionals who can help advise you if you find yourself in this position. 

    Introducing Charity, a member of our Sangha for over a decade…..

    I retrained as a nurse ten years ago, inspired by my meditation practice and knowing that I wanted to support people at the end of their lives. I have cared for dying people and their loved ones in hospices, hospital wards, nursing homes, A&E and at home.  People are as individual in death as they are in life, but there are common patterns and considerations in the process.   Opening up our conversations about death and dying can also help us live more fully.  I now work as a Community Palliative Care Nurse in Wales, and have worked on projects around ‘Advance Care Planning’ (talking about and recording your wishes about your end of life care) and bereavement support.  
     
     
    Our ‘folk’ understanding about dying has reduced over the years, yet having support before, during and after someone dies can transform the experience for everyone.  The practical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of caring for someone at the end of life can feel both unfamiliar and overwhelming, and talking about what to expect and what help to ask for can be very supportive.  Understanding and navigating the services provided by the NHS and healthcare practitioners can be challenging, and Covid has made this more difficult
    for everyone.
     
     
    Here are some resources that I have found very helpful and are good starting point when supporting someone who is dying.  I can be reached if you would like some support with anything connected to caring for the dying and grieving.
     

    Useful Resources

    Books

    With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix
     
    The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rimpoche
     
    Grief works by Julia Samuel
     
     
    Advance Care Planning
    By talking about and recording what kind of care you and your love ones would like to receive at the end of life, you can try to avoid unnecessary medical interventions.  When we can talk open and honestly about death and dying in advance, it can lay the foundations for a ‘good death’  Many local health trusts are trying to ensure these conversations happen in a timely way, with initiatives like the Respect Document https://www.resus.org.uk/about-us/news-and-events/resuscitation-council-uk-introduces-version-3-respect-form
     
    There is lots of accessible information available about advance care planning on this site, and a simple form that you can complete which acts an advance care statement, which health professionals must take into account when making decisions about your care,  if you cannot speak for yourself. http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/mylifemywishes
     
     

    Website Resources

    Bereavement support: https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/

    Children at Home

    With movement restrictions introduced across the world due to the coronavirus, many parents suddenly found themselves having to either home-school their children without much support, or having to live with their entire families 24/7. With all the fear and anxiety already present, this put huge amounts of pressure on families, for both parents and children.

    Amongst our Sangha network we have a few teachers that have experience with home-schooling and dealing with children who are struggling in some kind of way.

    Introducing Toto, a member of our Sangha for over a decade…..

    Recent disruptions to schools and requirements of home-schooling can bring a whole bundle of added challenges to any household. I would like to use my experience working with and teaching children to offer support to anyone in our Sangha. I am a primary school teacher and have spent the past few years focusing on how to make mainstream learning more holistic. Most of the work I do is relational first and foremost. On a personal note, it is my meditation practice that is so key to this work as I find it is from a point of connection that learning can grow and blossom in new ways.

    If you have a child who is having difficulty with some aspect of learning at this time, I would be really happy to help. I am experienced in collaborative problem solving with children and adults and I place real importance on play and communication to find ways to work with some of the challenges children (and parents) feel.

    If you are a parent or carer who would appreciate a non-judgemental ear and who would like to delve deeper into your understanding of your child at this time, please do get in touch. Whether it might be how to build greater emotional resilience, working on building concentration, difficulties with home-schooling, challenges with homework, supporting struggling readers, being clear about adult expectations or how to make learning a bit more engaging and fun, I would be happy to lend a hand. I have included some of my most used resources below and also my email address for you to get in touch should you wish.

    In the resources below, there is plenty of cross-over between the title areas.

    Useful Resources

    Books

    Compassion for ourselves and our children:

    Beyond Behaviours – Mona Delahooke

    Non-violent communication – Marshall Rosenberg 

    Growth Mindset to share with children:  

    Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak.

    Understanding behaviour better: 

    Lost at School by Dr Ross Greene

    Raising Human Beings by Dr Ross Greene

    https://www.handinhandparenting.org

     

    Website Resources

    Mental health and wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/
    Helping a struggling reader: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/common-reading-issues/struggling-readers/
    General primary schooling resources:  https://www.twinkl.co.uk
    Teaching and lessons: https://classroom.thenational.academy