BALM 10th AnniversaryWritten by Carole Cox
BALM (BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS MEETING)
HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY!
Balm was started on February 2011 with 3 leaders Stella, Maureen and myself. It was the idea of Stella and Maureen who had been to a Synod meeting and found themselves in a group discussing bereavement and came back to Romsey inspired to start a group.
We had 6 ladies and now have 24 members. Two of those ladies still attend and are a great help to me in welcoming new members. The Church and Terry Hinks were very supportive allowing us to use the lounge and donating a small sum of money to get us started.
We are there for each other and we see ourselves very much as a self-help group. Both Stella and Maureen have moved on and we welcomed Joy, our Methodist friend, who comes loyally every month to preside in the kitchen making sure we are fed and watered! Many of our members have made friends amongst the group and in pre-Covid days met socially as well. Now we try and keep contact on the phone, a much-needed lifeline.