Coping with the Boston Marathon Tragedy


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The Boston Marathon bombings and the police actions that followed are traumatic events. Adults and children may experience a variety of reactions and feelings, such as fear, anger, anxiety and sadness.  Immediately below are upcoming events that can be helpful to people seeking support and futher below is a link to local resources and other information on coping with this tragedy.


Marathon Bombing Support Group Series
Thursday Sessions beginning June 6 (Four Consecutive Sessions)
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Center for Homicide Bereavement
675 Massachusetts Ave. (Central Square)
Cambridge, MA 02139
Link to Event Flier

Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Homicide Bereavement is offering a June session of its Marathon Bombing Support Group series for people who were injured at the marathon or in the vicinity of the finish line. The four-session support group is offered free of charge. To register, call the Center for Homicide Bereavement at 617-591-6123.

Marathon Bombing Support Groups (Four Consecutive Sessions)
Tuesday sessions start May 7. Thursday sessions start May 9
675 Mass. Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Homicide Bereavement, a part of Cambridge Health Alliance’s Victims of Violence Program, is offering free Marathon Bombing Support Groups for people who were injured at the marathon or in the vicinity of the finish line. View the flyer.

Cambridge Community Support Gathering
Thursday, May 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave. (Central Square)
This forum is an opportunity for Cambridge residents to gather and share their thoughts and experiences, and to support each other.  A facilitated discussion will help the group find ways to talk abut what happened, understand more about how people react to extraordinary events, share reactions and look at how the community can move forward in a positive way. An RSVP is not required; however, please contact Brian Corr at or 617-349-4694 if you plan to attend.
Link to Event Flier

Supportive Forum for Care Providers May 13
This free evening forum is for medical and mental health providers who have provided care to people impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings.


Click here for information on local resources, support groups and tip sheets to help aid the recovery process.


The Cambridge Peace Commission will act as a community liaison for additional information related to other community activities in the works or to groups who may want to set up a gathering of some sort. We will try to keep this page updated with any community events or support groups that we are advised of. For more information, please contact Brian Corr, Cambridge Peace Commission at 617-349-4694 or

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