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Subsequent Choices Support Group

WHEN/ WHERE: The Subsequent Choices meeting is arranged by request. Depending on the size of the group and the availability of participants, the location varies. Please contact Carol McMurrich at emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for information about the current group. 

WHO: Any families who want to participate in a conversation about pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy following a loss at any gestation. We try not to cover this topic extensively in our bereavement meetings out of respect to those who may not be ready to discuss another baby. If you are contemplating pregnancy, trying to conceive, beginning the adoption process, or pregnant and craving support, we welcome you to participate. 

WHAT: Subsequent Choices meetings address the ways in which grief affects the journey towards another baby. Fear and hope coexist daily. One feels “different” from other parents anticipating a little one. In these meetings we explore where we stand: on pregnancy, on hope, on grief, on fear, on anticipation.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Carol McMurrich, who lost her first daughter to a cord accident in 2003, went on to deliver four healthy babies in the next seven years. Each pregnancy was fraught with worry and drama, real and imagined, yet lit from behind with the most sincere and lifesaving hope. Walking this journey with families is one of her greatest privileges. 

Carol is often graced with Lexi Walters as a co-facilitator. After experiencing two miscarriages within a year's time, Lexi muddled her way through a beautifully healthy but emotionally complicated pregnancy with her son Arlo in 2010-11. Her wisdom and experience bring wonderful layers to the conversation.