Lydia Berry has set up an innovative new playgroup to support parents who have lost a baby at any time during pregnancy or around birth. The first of its kind in the Oxfordshire, these sessions will be held at the Ace Centre in Chipping Norton, starting on Saturday 5th March. The playgroup is specifically for bereaved parents who also have children between the ages of 0 and 7. Lydia lost her first daughter Evelyn shortly after birth in 2011 and has been working with the Ace Centre to set up the much needed play session.
The sessions will be held in the main hall of the Ace Centre with plenty of toys and activities for the children to enjoy as well as healthy snacks, while parents can have a cup of tea and socialise with others in a similar situation.
The idea behind the new playgroup is to recognise that when parents lose a baby, raising older, surviving or subsequent children can be a unique challenge. Parents supporting each other can be a great help because sharing from real experiences is a powerful comfort.
The sessions will be a safe space where parents can feel comfortable and able to talk about their loss or just watch their other children play. The aim for the group is making connections with others facing similar challenges, which can help ease the burden of caring for young children whilst grieving.
Lydia said, “Loosing Evelyn was the single most traumatic experience of my life and I found having my second daughter a year later a difficult adjustment. I often struggled to grieve and also be a mum to a living child. The support from others who have been through similar experiences has been a lifeline so I’m really excited to start these special play sessions. I want to thank the Ace Centre for giving me such great support and facilitating this support playgroup. They have encouraged me to speak out on behalf of bereaved parents, giving me the confidence to help others in need of a kind ear. I am looking forward to meeting parents from around Oxfordshire who want to reach out. Hopefully our daughter will have fun and my husband and I will make some new friends.’
The new playgroup will be held on select dates throughout the year: 10.30 12.30 on Saturday 5th March, 30th April, 4th June, 6th August, 24th Sept, 19th Nov 2016.
For more information contact Lydia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ace Centre – ace.chippingnorton.co.uk/family-centre/
If your child is over 7 and you wish to attend please contact Lydia.