Support Groups at Hope Floats
Our Support Services are free of charge ~
Registration is required for all support groups – No Walk Ins Please.
Mike’s Club – Support groups for bereaved children, teens and their families
We offer separate groups for children and parenting adults coping with death related loss. The children process their grief through activities, arts and crafts, and games, with the help of trained support staff. Pizza and drinks provided. Groups meet every other week 6:30-8pm.
Mike’s Club for Sibling Loss, Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm. 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10. Now taking registrations for the fall sessions. Contact Denise Brack at 781-585-4221×3
Mike’s Club for Loss of a Parent/Caregiver, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm. 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, (Thursday, 11/1) 11/14, 11/28, 12/12. Now taking registrations for the fall sessions. Contact Denise Brack at 781-585-4221×3
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-7:30
(2nd Wednesday of each month: 7/11, 8/8, 9/9/12,10/10, 11/14, 12/12)
Loss can be isolating and lonely, especially around birthdays and anniversary dates. We invite you to join with others in remembering your son or daughter in their birthday or anniversary month, have some tea, share a memory, and light a candle in their honor as we come together in support and understanding of this difficult journey we all travel. Register by email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-585-4221×2
Mike’s Club – Support group for children, teens & their families dealing with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses
Sundays, June 24, 3-5.
A free monthly support group and education program for children, teens and their families who have a member of their household (parent, sibling, etc.) dealing with cancer or other life limiting illness. Pizza will be served and then creative expression and group discussion are utilized to help children access their feelings, connect with other children and feel supported. Registration: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221×3
Family Night for Children and Their Families who have experienced the loss of a sibling, parent/caregiver or grandparent
Wednesday, July 18, 6-7:30
Join us at Hope Floats for our family night. Pizza dinner will be served. All families are invited to work together with on a fun family art project. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack at 781-585-4221 x3.
Hope Floats Community Tour
Sunday, September 9, 3-4:30
Since 2009, Hope Floats has been a place of comfort and healing for bereaved families on the South Shore. On Sunday, June 3, all are invited to tour our peaceful grounds, memory garden and labyrinth and find out more about all the wonderful offerings and programs that are offered to support families in our community who experience loss or life limiting illness. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; kindly let us know if you plan to attend: (781) 585-4221 x3. Tours will be offered several times throughout the year.
Retreat for Parents who have Lost Children
Saturday, September 29, 9-4:30Please join us for a relaxing and healing retreat just for parents who have lost children. Relax with meditation, stretching & breathing exercises and mini-healing treatments given by our certified and talented practitioners. There is also time for group discussions, exploring the peaceful grounds and labyrinth and a nourishing lunch. This retreat is an opportunity to take care of yourself and meet other moms. We gain so much from sharing and being with others who understand the difficult road we are on. Register with Denise at (781) 585-4221 x3.
Pregnancy, Infant and Toddler Loss Bereavement Group for Parents
This peer led group is open to any parent coping with the death a child at any stage of pregnancy or the death of an infant. These are peer led groups; the facilitators are also parents who have lost a child. Sundays: 6-7:30pm: Spring & Summer Session: 5/20 6/10, 6/24 and 7/8. Fall Session: 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221×3
This peer led group is open to any parent coping with the death of a child of any age. These are peer led groups; the facilitators are also parents who have lost a child. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221×3
Mondays – 4-5:30pm: 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, (No Group 7/2) 7/16, & 7/30. Fall Session: 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17
Tuesdays – 5:45-7:51pm: 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/18, (No Group 7/3) 7/17 & 7/31. Fall Session: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221×3
Overdose Loss Bereavement Group for Parents
This peer led group is open to any parent coping with the death of a child of any age to overdose. This is a peer led group; the facilitators are also parents who have lost a child. Mondays, 4-5:30. Spring & Summer Session: 5/14 (Tuesday 5/29, 5:30-7), 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23 & 8/6. Fall Session: 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 x3
Ongoing Suicide Loss Bereavement Group
This peer led group is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets every other Monday from 6:30-8:00. Spring & Summer Session: 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18 (no group 7/2), 7/16, 7/30, 8/18 & 8/28. Fall Session: 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 x3.
Transforming Grief (Parents who Have Lost Children)
This group does not seek how to change grief into something more palatable; rather, it is a different kind of support group that invites an exploration of how grief has transformed us, in constructive, even beneficial ways. Each week we will look for and examine the nuggets of wisdom and positivity amongst the rubble of despair and heartbreak. While there will always be moments of sadness, times of tears, and even days when we don’t feel like getting out of bed, the goal is to assimilate and focus on those positive changes, giving new reserves of strength and hope. Each week there will be a different topic/theme that we will explore through discussion and “heartwork”- assignments that participants will journal about and share at the following group. (For those who are 3 years or more post loss) Tuesday 4:30-5:45pm. FALL SESSION: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration, Denise Brack at 781-585-4221×3
Fall Sibling Loss Bereavement Group for young adults: Taking registration for our wait list for coming this fall.
Thursday, October 18, 7-8:30pm. Suggested Donation: $20 ~REGISTER HERE
Please join us for a relaxing, healing, and meditative Healing circle. We will begin the evening by gathering in a circle, and after a brief welcome and introduction, we will create sacred space. Following a guided meditation practitioners from many modalities will offer a variety of healing gifts to participants including: Healing Touch, Reiki, chair massage, reflexology and sound healing will be offered. Participants will be invited to place intentions/prayers for loved ones in a Healing Basket and we will conclude the healing circle by sending love, light, and healing to those in the basket. We will close the circle by joining hands and chanting Om until next time.
Daytime Partner/Spouse Loss Bereavement Group
This group is open to anyone dealing with the loss of a partner or spouse. Spring Session: Mondays, 10-11:30am. A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration: Kathleen McAleer, 508-746-0215.
Pet Loss Bereavement Group
Friday 6:30-7:30. Please call for dates. Our animals bring us so much joy and unconditional love. They are our companions, our friends, our family. When we lose a beloved pet, we lose a piece of our hearts. This support group gives all who are dealing with such a loss a safe place to share; to honor both the grief they feel and the memory of their beloved companion. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration, Denise Brack at 781-585-4221 x3
Holistic Cancer Retreat
If you have recently been impacted by a cancer diagnosis, please join us at Hope Floats for a day of rest and renewal created especially for you.
Enjoy a gentle yoga class, group support, a nourishing noon meal as well as varied holistic treatments. Our gifted practitioners, facilitators and volunteers will offer you a nurturing space to find an oasis of comfort and ease as you navigate this challenging time. (As we want to make sure you are able to fully participate and enjoy this day of support, if you are currently undergoing treatment, please obtain a signed letter of permission from your doctor). A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration, Denise Brack at 781-585-4221
Retreat for Parents Who Have Lost Children to Overdose
9am-4:00pm. Please join us for a relaxing and healing retreat just for parents who have lost children to overdose. Relax with meditation, therapeutic stretching and mini-healing treatments given by our certified and talented practitioners. Explore the benefits of Reiki, Healing Touch, chair massage and more. There is also time for group discussions, exploring the peaceful grounds and we provide a wonderful lunch. This retreat is an opportunity to take care of yourself and meet other parents. We gain so much from sharing and being with others who understand the difficult road we are on. Looking forward to meeting you all. – We do welcome donations. A Hope Floats group led by trained, peer volunteers. Registration, Denise Brack at 781-585-4221
Hope Floats Counseling Team
Rita Burpee, RN, LICSW
Tracey Denelle, LICSW
Stacey Richmond, RD LDN, Integrative Nutrition Therapist
Maureen Walsh, RN LICSW
Erin Hourahan, MSW, LICSW
Meaghan Hayes, LICSC
Doreen Quinn Fagerberg, MSW, LICSW
Hope Floats is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity offering educational support & wellness services.
Hope Floats is an independent bereavement center and all funding comes from grants, fundraisers and private donations.
We proudly donate space to Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care for their partner/spouse and sibling loss group.