WHEN: This group meets on the second Thursday of the month. If you plan on attending, please let us know! Occasionally meeting dates will change (particularly around holidays), so always check our calendar, call / text 413-544-5922, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re unsure of a meeting date.
Additionally, most parents who have chosen to terminate for medical reasons also attend our regular monthly bereavement meeting, and have found this setting to be equally supportive.
WHERE: Florence Arts and Business Building, 140 Pine Street, Room 2B (basement level). (There is plenty of free parking behind the building.)
WHAT: This group is free and open to all families who have experienced the agonizing decision to end a pregnancy because of a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis. Each of you know that this type of loss is particularly complicated. In addition to grief for the baby, many people struggle with additional guilt, fear of judgment, and trauma.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS:
Lindsey Rothschild: I had to say goodbye to my twin daughters, Flora and Bea, both of whom received catastrophic diagnoses. The devastating grief compounded with the trauma of trying to make sense of everything in a short period of time and having to make the most heart breaking of decisions of my life are experiences that have forever changed me. Learning to find a new normal has been a difficult journey and one that I can't even imagine without the support network of Empty Arms. The gift my twins have given me is the ability to walk this road with others. I’m so honored to be a co-facilitator of the TFMR group. It is a great privilege to make space for families facing this devastating loss and to be able to connect from a place of understanding.
Marisa Pizii: I have lived in the Pioneer Valley for 11 years, and I first met Carol in a MotherWomen training in 2009. In 2010, I ended my pregnancy with my son, Josiah, due to a difficult prenatal diagnosis. I'm thrilled to join the Empty Arms facilitator team and support families, especially those who have Terminated for Medical Reasons. I believe strongly in the supportive nature of community, and the power of this work in building support and healing. Community is at the heart of healing, and it was at the heart of my own healing journey.
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.