WHEN: The fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 PM. During November and December, we meet on the third Wednesday of the month.
WHERE: We're located at the Florence Arts and Business Building, 140 Pine Street, Room 2B (basement level), in Florence, MA. There is plenty of free parking behind the building.
WHAT: This group is free & open to all families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss at any stage.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS: Carol McMurrich suffered the loss of her first child in May of 2003, a stillbirth following a cord accident during labor. In the early years she craved the company of others who had experienced losses and still feels nurtured and fulfilled by being part of a community of parents who have experienced the death of their baby. Carol has been to multiple trainings offered by Share, Inc. on compassionate caregiving, and is a trained MotherWoman facilitator.
Emily Brownlow first came to Empty Arms in January 2013, after the stillbirth of her daughter Ruby. For years, she attended meetings every month, and connected with other families for support and friendship. Emily is a member of the peer companion team, supporting newly bereaved families through their losses and assisting hospital staff with memory making. She also co-facilitate the monthly bereavement group with Carol.
Below, you will read the principles for the Empty Arms Bereavement Meeting. Our principles are the best way to communicate the shared values that are upheld at group meetings, as well as to give you a sense of what to expect from participants during the course of a given evening. Strict confidentiality is expected from all group members, and participation in the discussion is optional.