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New meeting location for Conway Chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA

Posted: June 3, 2014 - 5:43pm

The Conway Chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) announces a new meeting location.

The Conway Chapter will be moving its current meeting location to Wesley United Methodist Church located at 2310 E. Oak St., starting the fourth Monday in June which will be on the 23rd of this month.

“We would like to thank First United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facilities for the past couple of years,” said Elaine Holmes, BP/USA Conway Chapter leader.

BP/USA is a national nonprofit self-help organization that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their life after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.

The Chapter is open to all parents, grandparents and siblings regardless of the age or the circumstances of the death of their children grandchildren or siblings.

There are no dues or fees to become a member and there are no paid salaries or paid professional counselors within the organization. All work done on both the national and chapter level is by volunteer bereaved parents with a strong desire to help other families survive the death of their children, just as they were helped with their own loss.

“We want bereaved parents to know they are not alone on their grief journey. We understand and care and know that we bereaved families truly share A Journey Together,” Holmes said.

The chapter will be meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on each fourth Monday of the month. “We realize that some people may have to come late or leave early based on their job or other circumstances. We are just happy that you have the courage to come to the meeting,” said Holmes.

No one is required to talk until they are ready. It may take a few meetings for some to be able to share their story.

There will be books individuals can check out that may help in some way.

Drinks and snacks will be available.

“We have parents who have been surviving their loss for several years, and can share their journey and perhaps provide you with hope. Most of our parents, who have been attending for a couple years, will be able to tell you that it does get better. You don’t ever get over it, but with help from other mothers and fathers who have lost a child, you will come to understand that it does get better,” Holmes said.

For more information, contact Elaine Holmes at 501-205-8417 or visit the National website: www.bereavedparentsusa.org or the Conway website: www.bpusa-conwayar.com.

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