Our Babies, Our Grief
Progressive Healing Group
We hope that you have been staying healthy and somewhat sane amidst everything that has been going on in our world. These are definitely unprecedented times we are living in with much uncertainty; we are in this together.
As we continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, and the gradual lifting of restrictions in the province, we realize that the ability to hold an in-person Our Babies, Our Grief group as planned isn't possible. That being said, we would like to offer you the option to attend the group via videoconference.
The online group would follow the same format as our in-person group, with us meeting up weekly for 6 weeks for 1.5 hours using a private videoconference platform to protect the privacy of the group. Our hope is that we may be able to hold our final week in person, pending provincial restrictions being lifted, which would give you opportunity to meet up and strengthen the bond that you will have created through the progression of the group.
We know that this can be an extremely difficult time - processing the grief of losing a little one, as well as processing the grief and anticipatory grief around COVID-19 and all that surrounds it. If you are interested in attending the online Our Babies, Our Grief group at this time, please click on the link for the Our Babies, Our Grief Community closest to you.
In Our Chapters:
Whether you’ve lost your baby through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth or as an infant, this support group welcomes you to come and share your grief journey with other parents. During our 6 weeks together, we will explore grief, learn about healthy grieving practices and provide a caring, open, listening environment for you to share and express your own grief. Most of all, the purpose of our group is to provide a space where you can honour the memory of your child and come together with other grieving parents to find support and know that you are not alone.
Our Babies, Our Grief: Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group
“Journeying Through Birth and Loss Together”
Part of Home Hospice Association’s Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program
About our Group:
Our Babies, Our Grief is a peer led support group, meaning it is not an “expert” facilitated group such as a counselling group or government program. By bringing parents together in a peer-led group, we provide the freedom for parents to tap into their own wisdom, learn from each other and explore their grief with freedom and creativity.
While we recognize that there is an important time and place for professional groups and support, we believe that peer led support groups can provide a unique and much needed type of support while also leading to community building among parents.
As such, Home Hospice Association’s peer led support group, Our Babies, Our Grief, provides an important resource and opportunity for parents who have lost babies so that they can break the silence, advance in their grief journey and make life-long friends along the way.
We understand that while parents may be at different stages with their grief, they often grieve the loss of their babies in silence; alone. It is our desire to provide a space where grieving parents can come together to share their experiences and journeys, while also learning about helpful concepts and truths so that they can fully engage with their grief for a healthier life.
Who is it for?
This support group is for any parent who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss.
What is Our Babies, Our Grief support group?
Our Babies Our Grief is a peer led loss support group that is facilitated through Home Hospice Association, Pre and Perinatal Loss Program, and their local Chapters.
When is it held?
The support group is held at various times during the year; one evening a week for 6 weeks. Each session lasts an hour and a half.
How is the group directed?
The support group is facilitated by an Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula or Doula Candidate in an inviting and safe space following a curriculum developed by a team of people at Home Hospice Association.
Why should parents consider joining?
Joining Our Babies, Our Grief support group provides an important resource for parents who have experienced an infant or pregnancy loss so that they can break the silence, advance in their grief journey and have the opportunity to make meaningful connections along the way.
Why the name?
We named the group Our Babies, Our Grief because we wanted to acknowledge the babies whom parents are grieving but to whom society often doesn’t give recognition. Our Babies, Our Grief looks at pregnancy and infant loss through the eyes of the parents, not the professionals.