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. (Ages 5-18) These groups are led by trained Hope Floats staff, clinicians, and volunteer facilitators. Now taking registrations for the fall sessions. Contact Denise Brack at 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

Mike's Club Monday Session for Loss of a Parent/Caregiver for children, teens, and their families: Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm.  2019/20: 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11.

Mike's Club Tuesday Session for Loss of a Parent/Caregiver for children, teens, and their families: Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm. 2019/20: 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10, 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12.

Mike's Club Wednesday Session for Loss of a Sibling or a Parent/Caregiver for children, teens, and their families Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm. 2019/20: 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13.

 

Family Night for Children and Their Families who have experienced the loss of a sibling, parent/caregiver or grandparent: Wednesday, 6-7:15 (next date tba)

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. Family nights are led by trained Hope Floats staff, clinicians, and volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack at 781-585-4221 ext. 3.  

 

Mike's Club Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 18,  6-7:30

Holiday get together for all of our Mike's Club families with a surprise guest! Please RSVP (781) 585-4221 ext3.

 

Mike's Club - Support group for children, teens and their families who have member of the household dealing with cancer or a life-limiting illness,  Next Date TBA

This is a free monthly support group and educational program. Creative projects and activities are utilized to help children access their feelings and connect with others dealing with similar situations. We provide a safe space where the families feel supported. Parents meet in their own support group to discuss common issues, concerns, and ways to help their children cope. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

Pregnancy, Infant and Toddler Loss Bereavement Group for Parents

This group is open to any parent coping with the death a child at any stage of pregnancy or the death of an infant. This is a peer-led group; the facilitators are also parents who have lost a child.  Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Winter session: 12/17, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10, 3/24. Spring/Summer session: 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28. This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

 

Child Loss Bereavement Group for Parents

This group is open to any parent coping with the death of a child of any age. This is a peer-led group; the facilitators are also parents who have lost a child and are trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3. Mondays - 4-5:30 pm.

Fall Session: Group 1: 12/9, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11 (NO GROUP 5/25), 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20
Group 2: 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27.

Overdose & Substance Abuse Child Loss Bereavement Group for Parents 

Tuesdays - 5:45-7:15pm: 12/17, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10, 3/24. Spring/Summer Session: 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28. This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

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 pm. Winter session: 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9. Spring/Summer Session: 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27. Led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

 

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. A casual get together that occasionally includes sitting around the fire. Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm. 12/5, 12/19, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/26. Spring/Summer session: 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, 7/16, 7/30. This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

Sibling Loss for Young Adults

Wednesday, 6:30-9 pm, December 18.  This support group is geared towards young adults (ages 18-40) who have lost a sibling at any age or time.This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

 

LGBT Partner/Spouse Bereavement Support Group

Saturdays, 3-4:30. 2/8, 2/22, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16. It’s not unusual for grievers to feel disconnected from the world around them, but for LGBT grief and loss, a lack of disconnect can result in increased seclusion and isolation.While the issues faced in grief can be different for everyone, what every griever needs is the feeling of validation, acceptance and support. This group is designed to focus not only on the importance of support, but of finding the RIGHT support. Connecting with others who understand who we are and where we’ve been can help heal the pain of loss.

The group is open to any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals who have experienced the loss of a partner/spouse. Please call to register: (781) 585-4221

 

"I'm Right Here!" How our loved ones in spirit communicate through signs

Fridays, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, 6-7:30. This group is now full. Please call to be placed on waitlist.

With Teresa Lally & Maryellen Hunter. In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the idea that our loved ones in spirit are always around us, aware of everything going on in our lives and wanting to comfort and communicate with us by sending signs on a regular basis. We will explore and discuss what these many signs may be and how we can become more open and attuned to receiving them. There is no charge for this group. Registration required.This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Teresa Lally, 781-585-4221 ext. 2.

 

What Can I Do? Supporting a bereaved family member or friend

Thursday, February 6, 6:15-7:30.  ~REGISTER HERE

Anyone who has had a family member or friend experience a significant loss has asked this question. This support group will help offer guidance around what you can do or say to help them as well as offer a space for you to share your own feelings. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Teresa Lally, 781-585-4221 ext2

 

Grief and the Holidays: Tips for Coping

Sunday, December 8, 6:30-8:00 pm ~REGISTER HERE

Holidays mark the passage of time in our lives. They are part of the milestones we share with each other. But since holidays are for being with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected to cope with them when a loved one has died? For many people, this is the hardest part of grieving, when we miss our loved ones even more than usual. How can you celebrate togetherness when there is none? When you have lost someone special, your world losses its celebratory qualities. Holidays only magnify the loss. The sadness feels sadder and the loneliness goes deeper. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. You can and will get through the holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief, lean into them. It is not the grief you want to avoid, it is the pain. Grief is the way out of the pain. There are a number of ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays.
Join group facilitator Gary Sturgis in this workshop to find out how.

Coping with Grief

Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 ~REGISTER HERE

Join Group Facilitator Gary Sturgis for this special workshop on coping with grief. Gary will talk about grief, it’s challenges and opportunity for growth, grief responses and suggested coping defenses: Physical, Emotional, Cognitive, Social, Spiritual, etc. and where to turn for help.

Caregivers Retreat

Saturday, January 25, 9-4:30 ~REGISTER HERE

If you are/have been the caretaker for a family member dealing with cancer or other life-limiting illness, 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 rest and rejuvenate a bit. There is no charge for this retreat.

Daytime Partner/Spouse Loss Bereavement Group

This group is open to anyone dealing with the loss of a partner or spouse. Mondays, 10:30-12:00pm. Winter Session: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, (no group 2/17), 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23. Spring Session: 4/6, 4/13, (no group 4/20), 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, (no group 5/25), 6/1, 6/8.  A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration required. Call Debbie Bastoni, 508-746-0215.

Evening Partner Spouse

Fall session: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm. Winter Session: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19. Spring Session: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4. A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care group, led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration required. Call Debbie Bastoni, 508-746-0215.

Daytime Partner/Spouse Loss 1 year or more Post-loss Bereavement Group

This group is open to anyone who has lost a partner or spouse and is further out on their grief journaey.  Wednesdays, 11:00-12:30pm. Spring Session: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6.  A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration required. Call Debbie Bastoni, 508-746-0215.

Parent/Sibling Loss for Adults

Open to those 45 years or older who have experienced loss of a sibling, and adults who have lost a parent. Fall session: Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm.  A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration required. Call Debbie Bastoni, 508-746-0215.

 

DATES TBA:

Holistic Cancer Retreat: Saturday, 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). This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

Retreat for Parents who have Lost Children

Saturday,  9 am-4:30 pm. Next date TBA

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. This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

 

Retreat for Parents Who Have Lost Children to Overdose

9 am-4:00 pm. 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, 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.  We do welcome donations. This group led by trained Hope Floats peer volunteer facilitators. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

Hope Floats Counseling Team

Rita Burpee, RN, LICSW

Tracey Denelle, LICSW

Maureen Walsh, RN, LICSW

Erin Hourahan, MSW, LICSW

Meaghan Hayes, LICSW

Ashlee Bates,  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.