Support Groups at Hope Floats

Our Support Services are offered free of charge; registration is required for all support groups. No walk-ins, please.

Mike’s Club bereavement groups for children and teens who are coping with the death of a parent, caregiver, or sibling

We offer separate groups for children, teens,  and parenting adults coping with death-related loss of a parent, caregiver, or sibling. The children process their grief through creative activities, arts and crafts, and games, with the help of our trained support staff. Families are able to connect with others who are dealing with similar circumstances in a safe and peaceful environment. Parents and caregivers meet to discuss common issues, concerns, and ways to help their children cope. Mike's Club is a free program for children 5-18 years old. Groups meet every other week during the school year and are led by Hope Floats staff, clinicians and trained volunteer facilitators. 

For more information call Meaghan Hayes or Liz McKenna at 781-585-4221

Fall Sessions

Tuesdays: 5:30- 7:00 pm, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13

Wednesdays: 6- 7:30 pm, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

Winter & Spring Sessions

Tuesdays: 5:30 - 7:00 pm, 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9

Wednesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10

Registration is required. To register contact us at 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

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

Sundays, 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack, 781-585-4221 ext. 3.

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. Supported by Hope Floats staff families will meet together to discuss common issues, concerns, and coping strategies.

For more information call Liz McKenna at 781-585-4221 ext. 7

Sundays once a month, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/18

Child Loss: Bereavement Group for Parents

This group is open to any parent experiencing the loss of a child of any age. This is a peer-led support group. Peer facilitators are parents who have experienced the loss of a child and are trained by Hope Floats as volunteer peer facilitators.

Child Loss Support Group 1 (This group is currently full.)

Mondays, 4:00- 5:30 pm: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19

Winter/Spring: 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24

Child Loss Support Group 2:

Mondays, 5:30- 7:00 pm: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12.

Winter/Spring Dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31

This group still has openings, please call to register.

Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack or Liz McKenna, 781-585-4221

Overdose & Substance Abuse Child Loss: Bereavement Group for Parents

This group is open to any parent experiencing the loss of a child of any age to an overdose or substance abuse. This is a peer-led support group. Peer facilitators are parents who have experienced the loss of a child and are trained by Hope Floats as volunteer peer facilitators

Tuesdays, 5:30- 7:00pm: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6, 12/20

Spring/Winter Dates: 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30, 6/13, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25

Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack or Liz McKenna 781-585-4221

Ongoing Suicide Loss: Bereavement Group

This group is for anyone who is experiencing the loss of a loved one to suicide. This is a peer-led support group. Peer facilitators have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide and are trained by Hope Floats as volunteer peer facilitators.

Suicide Loss Support Group 1 (This group is currently full)

Mondays, 6:00- 7:30 pm: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19

Winter/Spring Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24

Suicide Loss Support Group 2:

Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm: 11/14, 11/28, 12/12, 12/26

Winter/Spring Dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31

Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack or Liz McKenna 781-585-4221

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

This group is just for dads  who are experiencing the loss of a child of any age. This is a peer-led support group. Peer facilitators are dads who have experienced the loss of a child and are trained by Hope Floats as volunteer peer facilitator.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15.

This group will be on Zoom. Registration is required. Contact Denise Brack or Liz McKenna 781-585-4221

Sibling Loss for Adults Support Group

This support group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a sibling. This group provides a safe and appropriate space to feel supported, find positive coping strategies, and begin to process feelings of grief.

Wednesdays once a month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm: 9/28, 10/26, 11/23, 12/21
Registration is required. Contact Heather Gray or Abby Hennigan 781-585-4221

Pregnancy, Infant and Toddler Loss: Bereavement Group for Parents

This group is open to any parent experiencing the loss of a child at any stage of pregnancy or the death of an infant or toddler. This is a peer-led support group. Peer facilitators are parents who have experienced the loss of a child and are trained by Hope Floats as volunteer peer facilitators.

Wednesdays (Zoom), 6 – 7:30 pm, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 12/7, 12/21

Winter/Spring Dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/18, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31, 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26

Registration is required. Contact Abby Hennigan 781-585-4221 ext. 4.

Partner or Spouse Loss: Bereavement Group

This group is open to anyone experiencing the loss of a spouse or partner. This group is led by a peer-facilitator, Gary Sturgis. Thursdays, 6:45- 8:15 pm. 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13. This group is currently full.

Next session:

Thursdays, 6:45- 8:15 pm: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

Registration is required. Contact Abby Hennigan 781-585-4221 ext. 4.

Parent Loss for Adults Group

This group is for adults who have lost a parent or primary caregiver. This group is led by our Program Assistant, Abby Hennigan and our Program Manager, Heather Gray.

Fall Dates: last Tuesday of the month, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm:

10/25, 11/22, 12/20, 1/31/2023

Registration is required. Contact Heather Gray or Abby Hennigan  781-585-4221

Family Nights: A family group for children and their families who have experienced the loss of a sibling, parent/caregiver or grandparent

When we can meet in person once again, we hope you can join us at Hope Floats for our family night. A pizza dinner will be served. All families are invited to work together on a fun family art project. Family nights are led by trained Hope Floats staff, clinicians, and volunteer facilitators. In-person dates TBA. Contact Meaghan Hayes 781-585-4221 ext. 5.

Day-long Support Retreats

These day long retreats are offered multiple times throughout the year. Retreats are specific to mothers/parents who have lost children, those affected by suicide loss, people dealing with cancer and other illness, and a retreat for caregivers. In the past we have also held special Mother's day retreats and retreats for military family members.

Offerings may include meditation, mindful stretching and breathing exercises, yoga,  group discussion and mini-healing treatments given by our certified and talented practitioners. Treatment offerings include Reiki, Healing Touch, chair massage and more. Participants also are able to explore the peaceful grounds and enjoy a wonderful lunch. This retreat is an opportunity for self-care and meet others who dealing with similar situations. Next dates TBA.

LGBTQ Partner/Spouse Bereavement Support Group

It’s not unusual for grievers to feel disconnected from the world around them, but for LGBTQ 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 grieving person 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. This is a peer-led support group. Peer facilitators have experienced the loss of a  partner or spouse and are trained by Hope Floats as volunteer peer facilitators

Next dates TBA. Registration is required. Contact Liz McKenna 781-585-4221

Holistic Cancer Retreat

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. Next date TBA. Contact Denise Brack or Liz McKenna 781-585-4221781-585-4221

Caregivers Retreat

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. Next date TBA.

Retreat for Parents who have Lost Children

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. Next date TBA. Contact Denise Brack or Liz McKenna 781-585-4221

Pet Loss Support Group

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. Next session TBA. 781-585-4221.

Hope Floats Counseling Team

Rita Burpee, RN, LICSW

Maureen Walsh, RN, LICSW

Meaghan Hayes, LICSW

Alice Kearney, LMHC

 

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.