The Hope Floats Mission
Hope Floats is a bereavement and educational center for adults, children, teens, and their families who are grieving, dealing with illness, or facing other life challenges. Our free support services bring hope and healing to those in need.
Dealing with the loss of their son, Denise and Ken Brack opened Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center in 2009 as a resource center for other grieving families on the South Shore and southeastern Massachusetts. Knowing how isolating a loss can be, the Bracks wanted to bring hope and healing to others in their community. Today we offer fifteen free support groups for a variety of losses, helping children, teens, and adults cope with their grief in healthy ways in a safe, confidential setting. Our support groups are led by trained peer facilitators who often have shared experiences.
Our free, peer-led support groups help participants cope with their loss in healthy ways as they process their grief with others who walk a similar road.
Hope Floats provides a variety of groups—several for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, overdose or addiction, partner-spouse loss, sibling loss for young adults, and for Dads who have lost a child. Mike's Club is our growing support group for children, teens, and their families, including parenting adults. Entire families gather in this setting, which is organized for sibling loss or for the death of a parent/caregiver. Children process their grief through activities, arts and crafts, and games with the help of trained support staff, therapists, and social workers.
Support retreats and special events
Our day-long support retreats bring together people facing similar losses or illnesses in a nurturing, holistic environment.
Participants engage in yoga, meditation, group discussion, and receive mini-body treatments to help support their self-care and well-being. Recent retreats include those for women undergoing cancer treatments, a retreat for caregivers, and for parents who have lost a child.
Special presentations for the public include topics such as “Coping with Grief,” “Supporting a Bereaved Family Member,” and “Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays,” to fostering ongoing connections with loved ones.
Our goal is to raise awareness about grief through education and community outreach.
This encompasses trainings, workshops, and presentations for professionals, educators, and community members.
Hope Floats belongs to a community of helpers, centers, and therapists offering bereavement support. Here are some trusted colleagues, practitioners, and other sources offering hope.
Workshops and classes
We welcome the public to join our workshops and wellness classes on a variety of topics and healing modalities.
We offer a variety of wellness classes, including Kripalu, Hatha, and Kundalini yoga, Yoga for Grief, Teen Yoga; Reiki Share, meditation workshops, and body treatments by appointment.
Grant & Major Donors
Hope Floats is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity. All of our funding comes from grants, fundraisers, and private donations. See a list of our support groups, retreats, and guest speaker events.
We are grateful for the support from the following organizations:
Many thanks to our major funders and Memory Walk donors!Gold Sponsors: Goodwill Hunters, Strategic Financial in memory of Jared Quirk, Christo-Tyrrell Insurance, Inc; Dunkin Donuts Hanover/Sardinha Family Trust, IMTRA Corpration, and the Will Golden Memorial Fund. Silver Sponsors: Lally Family in Memory of Michael Lally. Benefactors: Shepherd Funeral Homes. Friends: Cape Cod Select Cranberries LLC, Baystate Insurance Associate; Boerger Law; Kingston Firefighters L2337; Vickery family in memory of Nicole Vickery-Brooks; Anderson/Fleming family in memory of Ian Anderson; and New Awakenings Crystal & Wellness Center.
Private donations have been made in memory of the following people who are loved and missed every day.
Donations Made In Loving Memory Of...
Lauren E. Aikens
Robert J. Alberino
S. Christopher Allan
Shaelyn Marie Allen
Ian Anderson Carol Antonellis Irene Armstrong & Ruth Gens
Michael F. Arthur Peter Augis
K Matthew Benting
Robert A. Bergstrom Jackie Biagini
Michael Thomas Brack
Joan H. Brack
Michael Brack & Joanie Haskell Brack
Barry P. Brady
Tracey & Brett
Nicole Vickery Brooks
Tyler Ahern Brown Matthew Caldwell
Michael R. Catania Michael Cevoli
Marie Clifford Silva and Daniel F. Clifford Tony Colarusso
John C. Corr & Ben Daniels
Dorothy Marie Creutz
Brain T. Dagle
Gerry DeBiasi, Sr.
Emmanuel Riego Dedios
Dr. William Derrickson Tommy Dilley
Peggy & Carl Erikksson
Heidi E. Ferguson
James L. Finch
Philip Albert Forsman Patty Gage
Tom Garrigan Richard Garsh Michael Gastall
Ruth Gens & Cathrine Walsh
Michael J. Golden
Jackson William Girouard
Nancy, Roger, Brian and Kevin Graden
Carol L. Graham
Ivan Greenfield Bobbie Hanson
Douglas Harvey Sr.
Scott Healey Derek Hines
Caden and Colby Hourahan
Philip "PJ" Jones
Robert T. Keane
Robert J. Keane
Brendan Kane Keohan II
Joyce A. Kimball
Larry King Aija Husins
Margaret Laciak Christopher Ladd
Mary B. Lavelle
Jerry & Glenn Lehman
Mike, Joanie and Christopher Sheila Mahoney Eric James Malone
Catherine Walsh Marston & Mary Moore
David Manning Jr. & David Manning III
Jinny McCullough Eric McDonnell
Dennis J. McElhinney Jr. Rev. Cathbert H. Mandell Maggie McKenna
Michael Andrew Moraes
Mary V. Morrissey
Ralph and Eileen Miller
Arthur "Skip" Mitton Brian Moriarty David Murphy
David Jude Murphy
Jesse Napolitano Steven Nava
Jamie K. Neal
James & Helen Neylon
Chelsea Nickerson, Brother Bill, Meme & Pepe
David Tully O'Callaghan
Leonard O'Hara and Colleen O'Hara Collins
Caroline Bevilacqua O’Connor
Jillian E. Phillips
Rebecca Pintabone and Jimmy Tribble
Jared Quirk Carole Regan
Rosalyn and Jackson
Katelyn E. Ribbee
Paul Rudeen Jr.
Molly Ryan Jennifer St. Croix
Marjorie Chagon Shea
Norman C. Shepherd
Scott D. Simard Robert Smith Suzanne Smith Alvaro Sousa
Ainsley Grace & Garrett Sullivan
Matthew G . Sullivan IV
Shauna Marie Stella
Tony Stevenson & Leah Lorenzetti
Roy A. St. Pierre
Irving and Marjorie Tanner
Patricia Tessier (Patty Pearl)
Sara Tucker Daniel James Jewell Tyrcha
Christopher P. Tyrell Rhonda Vickery
Andrew Warhaftig Geoffrey Watt
J. Douglas Wright
Donations Made In Honor of...
Bill Brack and Jessica Ladd
Ken and Denise Brack Christo Tyrell Family Heather Gray Patrice Wood Claire M
All the Hope Floats Angels
Denise and Ken Brack
Kate Otto Macuch
Mike and Regina Quirk