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 ext3

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. is required: Contact Denise Brack at 781-585-4221 ext3.  

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 & their families dealing with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, Sunday, September 15, 3-4:30

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. These groups are led by trained, Hope Floats Staff, Clinicians and Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3

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.  Fall dates TBA. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3.

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. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext.3. Mondays - 4-5:30pm: Fall Session: 9/16, 9/30, 10/14. 10/28, 11/11, 11/25 and 12/9.

Overdose & Substance Abuse Child Loss Bereavement Group for Parents 

Tuesdays - 5:45-7:15pm: 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3 and 12/17. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3

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.  9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2 and 12/16. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3

Grief In Action

This discussion group about activism is for parents who have lost a child to overdose and would like to talk about activism around the opioid crisis. Facilitated by Tony LaGreca and held once per month. Mondays, 4-5:30. October 7, November 4, December 2. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact 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. A casual get together, sit around the fire, gathering. Thursdays, 6:30-8:00. Fall dates TBA. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3

Sibling Loss for Young Adults

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30-9. 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 ext3

Holistic Cancer Retreat: Sunday, September 28, 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 ext3

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

Thursdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & Oct. 24, 6-7:30.

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 ext2

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

Thursday, October 3, 6:15-7:30

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

Daytime Partner/Spouse Loss Bereavement Group

This group is open to anyone dealing with the loss of a partner or spouse.  Spring/Summer Session, Mondays, 10:30-12:00pm: 10/21, 10/28,  11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/1, 12/9.  A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration: Debbie Bastoni, 508-746-0215.

Evening Partner Spouse

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm. 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19. A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration: 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. Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm. 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27. A Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care led by trained volunteer and staff. Registration: Debbie Bastoni, 508-746-0215.

Pet Loss Bereavement Group

Friday, September 13, 6:30-7:30. 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.This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Teresa Lally, 781-585-4221 ext2

DATES TBA:

Retreat for Parents who have Lost Children

Saturday, 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. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3

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. This group led by trained, Hope Floats Peer Volunteer Facilitators. Registration is required: Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext3

Hope Floats Counseling Team

Rita Burpee, RN, LICSW

Tracey Denelle, LICSW

Maureen Walsh, RN LICSW

Erin Hourahan, MSW, LICSW

Meaghan Hayes, LICSC

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.