BALM is here to support you following the loss of your child. We run face to face support groups across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. You can also find virtual support groups by searching in Support Services.
These meetings give you the space to talk about what you’ve been though, about your ongoing grief, but also an opportunity to learn from others and to gain the strength from their support. Being in a room with people who have experiences similar to those you have can sometimes feel like the only thing that makes sense.
All our groups are run by two people – one with lived experience of the death of a child, and also a trained bereavement facilitator.
How does it work?
Who are the groups for?
We have groups for different members of the family, with sessions for parents, grandparents and for adult siblings. You can find the right session for you on our Groups Calendar. You can attend on your own, or as a couple.
When can I attend?
There’s no time limit. Whether you have been bereaved for weeks, months or years, and whether your child was a baby, school aged child or an adult and in whatever circumstances they died, you will be welcome to attend.
How often are they?
We schedule different groups depending on demand. It means for some groups it might be a little while until you’re able to join us. If that’s the case and you’d like to access some support before that date, the Support Services directory gives you options for virtual meetings and helplines. Our meetings are open groups, meaning you don’t need to commit to coming to more than one and you can dip in and out when you feel you need them. Some come regularly, others may have entire years between joining us.
Our groups are confidential, non-judgemental, safe spaces that welcomes bereaved families to meet and share your experiences with others.
Groups meet at The Studio, Calmababy, 8 Botolph Bridge Estate Oundle Rd Peterborough PE2 9QP
Listening Support: Speak confidentially via Samaritans Peterborough & District
The early weeks after finding out about the death of a child can be overwhelming. Having the space to talk about what you’re going through, and what you might have experienced, can be extremely helpful for some people. In partnership with Samaritans Peterborough and District, you are able to request telephone sessions of Listening Support where you can have the time and space to talk.