Group of Diss mums offers support for bereaved parents

Babies at Peace members, from left, Lisa Weller, Jacqui Walker, Emma Shawcross and Lianne Hastings.

Babies at Peace members, from left, Lisa Weller, Jacqui Walker, Emma Shawcross and Lianne Hastings. Picture: STUART ANDERSON - Credit: Archant

A support group for parents bereaved by baby loss has been formed.

Babies at Peace was started by a group of mothers from around the Diss area who have all lost a baby, and found there was a lack of support for bereaved parents.

Lisa Weller, from Diss, said: 'We set up to provide support to parents who have been bereaved through baby loss, whether that's through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or death of the baby in the first few months.

'We all had our own experience of that and found there was no local support, so we've been working to fill the gaps.

'We've set up some support group meetings, we've got peer support on offer, and we've got equipment that we can loan to parents.


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'We're also working with organisations and professionals to, again, fill the gaps in support.'

Babies at Peace has a closed group of Facebook where parents can talk to others about their experiences, there are informal meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at different locations.

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Another member, Emma Shawcross, from Winfathing, said: 'We want to give practical support at a time of loss and also offer emotional support as they need it.'

Ms Shawcross said the group would start support group meetings in November for parents bereaved by stillbirth or neonatal death, and, in early 2017, a group for parents who suffered a miscarriage.

The group also hopes to offer one-to-one sessions with a trained counsellor.

With the support of the East of England Co-op, the group is also hoping to provide a 'cuddle-cot' – in which recently died babies can be kept at home with the family for some time before the funeral.

An East of England Co-op spokesman said: 'We are committed to the cause of helping to support those recently bereaved, and will continue to support this work into the future.'

Babies at Peace is planning two fundraising events.

There will be an evening of mediumship with Wayne McHugh at the Diss and District Bowls Club on October 13 at 7pm.

Tickets are £10.

Another fundraising event will be a Gathering of Ghouls at Shelfanger Village Hall on October 28 from 5pm.

There will be a raffle with prizes and a Halloween party theme.

For more details, call 07971 373962, email info@babiesatpeace.org.uk or visit www.babiesatpeace.org.uk

Donations to the group can be made via PayPal to this address: lisa@schoolcottages.plus.com

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