To our Hope Floats community,

We are excited to share that we will be offering workshops once again! Most will be online. Please check this page or our calendar for updated information. We hope to see you, whether in person or virtually, soon.

Hope Floats support groups continue to be online using Zoom videoconferencing.

We wish each of you and your loved ones continued health and safety.

Denise and Ken Brack


500 Candles: Luminary Lighting in Memory of Those who have Passed from COVID-19

Saturday, March 6, 9-5

You are invited to join us on Saturday, March 6th to honor those who have passed from COVID (or complications from COVID). Individuals and families are invited to come at a pre-designated/pre-registered 30 minute time slot between 9am and 5pm.  ~Space limited to ensure safe social distancing~
Write a message on a luminary bag, fill it with sand and a luminary candle and place it in our field.
Luminaries will remain lit through Sunday evening.
*Please bring your own markers; all other

Has COVID impacted your grief?

Join us March 24, 6-7:30pm for an evening to virtually gather and share about how COVID has affected your own grief. Many bereaved people are feeling re-triggered by stories of loved ones dying alone, where families are unable to say goodbye, or by the shock of seeing so many people suffering.

Maureen Walsh, NPFT will facilitate this informative support session about this seldom acknowledged effect of the pandemic. There is no fee to attend this workshop but you must pre-register.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE. You will be sent a zoom link via email prior to workshop. Please have a candle available to light during this session.

Sound Meditation for Well Being

Tuesday, April 6, 7-8pm

Join author, speaker and sound meditation guide Andrea Courey for this wonderfully relaxing virtual workshop. Sound Meditation sessions combine instruments such as crystal bowls, chimes, rattles and drums and recorded vibrational music with Andrea’s gentle facilitation and guidance. Participants receive the immediate benefit of the music and frequencies as well as an hour of deep, peaceful guided meditation. Positive effects may include reduction of insomnia and anxiety, increased energy and sense of well-being and more. This workshop is offered FREE OF CHARGE through a grant to help with the added stress and anxiety COVID has brought to our world, but you must pre-register. PLEASE REGISTER HERE and you will be sent a zoom link prior to class.

Author Day!

Saturday, May 1, 1-4

Hope Floats is proud to say we have several authors among our counselors and facilitators! Join us for our first “Author Day”- each will be giving a short reading or talk about their book, copies of which will be available for purchase, and will be happy to autograph them for you. Makes a wonderful gift for someone else, or keepsake for yourself.

Schedule as follows:

1:00 Maureen Walsh (pen name Frances Charles) – Tuck Meets a Dragon Fly

Maureen Walsh, RN, CT received her BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island in 1976. She has worked in both in-patient and outpatient settings providing care across the lifespan. She worked as a school nurse and health educator for 14 years and has lectured throughout the area on teenage health issues. In 2006 Maureen received her Certification in Thanatology and founded Grief Weavers, a practice for individual, couples and groups designed to facilitate the grief process by providing an environment in which bereaved persons can acknowledge, understand, and integrate grief and loss into their lives. Maureen is the author of The Grief Weavers, a Tale of Hope and Lessons of Life and Loss, a bereavement program for children. Maureen also offers educational programs tailored to meet the needs of schools, hospitals and communities seeking to increase their awareness and understanding of grief.

1:30 Erin Hourahan - “I’m an Earth Angel”

Join the kids at the Healing Grace School as they come together to learn, grow and have fun with the help of their loved ones who have crossed over.

Help your Earth Angel learn the power of healing after the loss of a loved one through this simple and imaginative story. I'm An Earth Angel helps children recognize that the strength of love never dies. Whether it is the loss of a person or pet, children can feel the comfort and strength in knowing that their loved one is always with them.

Erin graduated from Boston University School of Social Work in 2005 and has been in private practice at Hope Floats for many years. In the middle of the night while caring for her baby girl, a sense of urgency came over Erin to write this down! Upon waking the next morning, she thought it was a dream-but no, it became the magical story you now hold in your hands. Erin works as a psychotherapist in private practice and loves all things creative, caring & curious. She is a proud Mama to her lovely daughter Cora, as well as to her twins Caden and Colby, who passed away in 2015 after battling a rare condition called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.

2:00 Alice Kearney – “Bounce Box”

The Bounce Box is part of the Parent’s Tackle Box series aimed to provide tools, tricks and strategies for calming your children.

In the Bounce Box, you’ll find a step-by-step system that is designed to help your child learn to bounce back from stressful situations.Tthe thought process behind the system is to Educate, Collaborate, Initiate and Change.

Alice Kearney has over 25 years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. Upon receiving her Masters, Alice spent 10 years at SSMH, working in various mental health programs and assisting in their Quincy early intervention program. In 2001, Alice began working for Brockton Area Multi-services treating children, families and adults. In 2007, Alice opened her own private practice. In 2013 she began leading Mike’s Club children’s groups at Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center. Today, Alice is thrilled to move her positive, creative and strength-based counseling services to Hope Floats and be apart of the Hope Floats team full time.

2:30 Gary Sturgis – “Surviving Grief”

After the death of his spouse, Gary Sturgis thought there was no possibility of ever feeling joyful or happy again.  His life had changed, and he was in a very dark place.  But over time he progressed through his grief journey and eventually began to experience light and happy moments.  He was healing, and today he is a survivor.  You can be a survivor also.

Gary throws you a "life preserver" if you are drowning in your grief. Throughout his book, Gary uses his own path to healing as a reference together with lessons learned as a health care professional and volunteer grief counselor helping others.  He shares personal stories and special memories to explain the tools he used to mend and move forward.  He offers you helpful advice and reassuring guidance so you can progress through your grief journey too.

Gary Sturgis survived the greatest loss of his life and now works as a Bereavement Facilitator guiding and supporting others in their struggle with grief. Facilitating both Support Groups and Workshops, he finds it a gift to be able to help others navigate their way through the maze of grief in a very personal and meaningful way.

Virtual Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra

Claire Manganello,  Investment: $15 next date TBA

Join Yoga Instructor Claire Manganello from the comfort of your own home and de-stress from the week. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that systematically guides and relaxes you at every level of being including your physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual layers (called five koshas). Through the use of breath awareness, body scanning, healing music and nature imagery. Divine Sleep invites you to become aware of each layer of being without needing to change or fix anything. This is true meditation where there is nothing to do but to “notice” – supporting you in feeling empowered just as you are. This contemporary practice is based on ancient yogic wisdom and meditation to make a powerful tool for modern day life.