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

 

Family Night for Children and Their Families who have experienced the loss of a sibling, parent/caregiver or grandparent

Wednesday, 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.  

 

NEW Offering – Always Remembered: A support gathering to honor a child’s birthday or anniversary

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-7:30

(one Wednesday per month: 10/10, 11/7, 12/5)

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: denise@hopefloatswellness.org or 781-585-4221×2

 

Retreat for Parents who have Lost Children *FULL*

Saturday, September 29, 9-4:30

Please 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.

 

Mike’s Club – Support group for children, teens & their families dealing with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses

Sundays,  September 30, October 28, 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

 

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: Summer Session:  8/5, 8/19. 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

 

Child Loss Bereavement Group for Parents

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:  Fall Session: 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17

Tuesdays – 5:45-7:51pm:  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. 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. Summer Session: 8/13 & 8/27. 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.

 

Just for Dads: Support Group for Dads who have Lost a Child

This new monthly offering is for Dads who have lost a child for any reason. First session is Thursday, August 30, at 6:30. A casual get together, sit around the fire, gathering. Register with Denise at 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.

 

 

Hope Floats Monthly Healing Circle

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.

 

Holistic Cancer Retreat. Sunday, October 27. 9-4:30

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

 

Daytime Partner/Spouse Loss Bereavement Group

This group is open to anyone dealing with the loss of a partner or spouse.  Mondays, 11-12:30pm. 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5. A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration: Kathleen McAleer, 508-746-0215.

 

Evening Partner/Spouse Loss Bereavement Group

Thursdays, 6:45-8pm. 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, 12/6. 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

 

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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.