Mother and daughter share poignant message after setting up business to manage grief

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A mother and daughter have shared a poignant message after setting up their business to manage their grief following the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Trudy and Kerry Evans lost their husband and father Antony after he took his own life in November 2020.

The pair, from Moulton, set up Evans House Cleaning seven months on from his passing to give them something to work towards during the extremely difficult time.

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They hope sharing their story will help others feel optimistic about coping with the loss of a loved one from suicide.

Trudy and Kerry Evans set up Evans House Cleaning seven months on from when they lost their husband and father Antony to suicide in November 2020.Trudy and Kerry Evans set up Evans House Cleaning seven months on from when they lost their husband and father Antony to suicide in November 2020.
Trudy and Kerry Evans set up Evans House Cleaning seven months on from when they lost their husband and father Antony to suicide in November 2020.

They previously worked separate jobs but came together to support one another through the grief they faced – and continue to face each day.

It was a year before the business took off and they built a loyal customer base, which has given them a goal in life after loss.

“It has definitely helped with our own mental health and grief,” said Trudy. “It is something to aim for and focus on. It’s something to keep your mind occupied and we felt we had to get up and do something after six months of grieving.”

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Looking back at the past three years, Kerry said: “We’re proud. A lot of people have said to us that dad would be proud, especially as the business has his surname in it.”

They never envisioned the business would expand like it has, but the pair even employ others to work for Evans House Cleaning.

The business journey began when Trudy and Kerry delivered leaflets together and they were gutted when they only heard from one person – who they still clean for today.

“We were deflated,” said Trudy. “But the minute we set up the Facebook page, messages came through and we get recommended so much.”

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In light of Antony’s suicide, the pair believe there should be more support on offer to tackle men’s mental health in particular.

Both Trudy and Kerry have received therapy since November 2020 and would advise anyone who can afford it to go private.

“Do something that’s going to keep your mind occupied and make the ones who have passed away proud of you,” said Trudy.

For more information, visit Evans House Cleaning on Facebook here.

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