March meeting

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We had 14 parents at our last meeting. Liz opened the meeting with a reading by Julia Samuel – Lessons in Love & Loss ( ) In her article she explains how building ‘pillars of strength’ will help bereaved people to keep going ,live with and learning from losing a loved one. This was followed by a lively discussion … Read More

February Meeting

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We met on the 16th February – it was different as we sadly had to say good bye to one of our bereaved mother’s who suddenly died. After remembering her and her husband and son, Ian read a Poem ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’. Very relevant as it all reminded us to live in the present. This started a discussion about the … Read More

January 2017 meeting

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We had a good start to our first meeting in the New Year. We shared our Christmas experiences, for some it was their first Christmas without their child. Everyone felt that it is a very hard time and whatever type of Christmas arrangements one makes the child is missed. Some parents really struggled with all the build up to Christmas … Read More

November Meeting

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16 parents came to our November meeting. We started the evening by Ian reading ‘An Ugly Pair of Shoes’ (author unknown). It expresses the painful journey of grief which nobody wants to be part of but recognizes that although it is hard road often one becomes stronger. It started a good conversation and parents shared what they found difficult. We … Read More

Christmas Tree in Memory of our children @ Woburn Abbey

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On Sunday 11th December the group will come together and decorate a tree in the gardens at Woburn Abbey in memory of the children who will not with them at this festive time. Anyone is welcome to attend and decorate the tree. Porcelain stars will be available for parents and family members to write a message on and hang it … Read More

Octobers Meeting…..

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This month we welcomed some old faces back to the group for a chat and some support and we dusted off the hand made tree topper we use on the groups memorial tree at Woburn Abbey over the Christmas period. For some parents attending each month is either not possible, or not required, but the group with it’s friendly familiar faces … Read More

September meeting – What did we talk about ?

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We had 10 parents at our September meeting. Val read a poem ‘Just for Today’ by V. Tushingham (taken from the Bereaved Parents Group of the USA Tampa Bay Newsletter, September 2001). Parents could associate with the reading. The discussion during the evening was fairly light as some of the parents shared some of their holiday experiences. There were tears … Read More

August meeting

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Despite the holiday season we had 11 parents coming to the meeting. The discussion was about going on holiday.Parents found it difficult to get ready for the holiday knowing that they do not need to pack for the child who died. They expressed the sadness they feel. The child’s funeral was also discussed and each parents found this a very traumatic … Read More