Brief Encounters

Support Groups

About our Pregnancy and Infant Loss Meetings

At a Brief Encounters support meeting, you will find a safe and accepting place to come and remember your baby or babies. Here you can freely talk about your baby, say his or her name, cry and even laugh without the fear that someone might think you are “over” your loss. You will meet other grieving parents who, while on their own unique journey, can nonetheless empathize with your pain. Even if you were not able to see or hold your baby, his or her life will be recognized and honored. You will also learn from other parents who are further along on their journey and you might find that you can in turn offer comfort to another grieving parent.

The meetings are held at the Peace House and are led by trained facilitators. Each session begins with an opportunity for you to light a candle in honor of your baby and share your story with the group. Those who do not wish to talk are welcome to pass. After everyone has a chance to share, there is group conversation, sometimes based on a topic already mentioned or other times geared toward an upcoming holiday or other relevant topic.

  • Before or after a meeting, you may want to browse through or borrow a book about grief from our lending library.
  • The meetings usually begin at 7 PM and officially end at 9 PM, but often people will stay later. Feel free to leave when you need to.
  • There is no need to make a reservation to attend a meeting. You are welcome to bring a spouse, friend, family member or other support person. If you have a photo of your baby or other memento you’d like to share, please bring it.
  • There is no charge to attend meetings.
  • Out of respect for other grieving parents, we ask that children not attend any meetings except for the Subsequent Pregnancy meeting.

Support Group Meetings

Meeting are held at the Peace House
Spanish and ASL translators may be available upon request. Email a contact person for more information.

Peace House

Parents of Infant Loss and Pregnancy Loss, Including Early Pregnancy Loss

We ask that children not attend these meetings. Thank you.

Meets the second Monday of each month, 7:00 PM
(No December meeting due to the Holiday Ceremony)
Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR
Rachel at remmurf@comcast.net

Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM
Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR
Daniele at daniele@dignlife.com

Parents of Pregnancy Interruption Due to Medical Reasons

We ask that children not attend these meetings. Thank you.

This group is for parents who have undergone a pregnancy termination due to a poor prenatal diagnosis, problems with the mother’s health, or for the health of another fetus. If you have had a pregnancy termination for medical reasons, we are here for you. Those who face this tragedy often feel isolated and do not find the support given to those suffering other types of infant loss. We hope that this group will provide a safe place of encouragement, validation, hope and healing.

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM (No meeting in November)
Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR
Heather at HeatherKSmith5@gmail.com

Parents of Subsequent Pregnancies and Adoptions & Parents Trying to Conceive

Young children are allowed at this meeting; please notify facilitator beforehand when possible.

Meets the fourth Monday of each month, 7:00 PM
Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR
Heather at HeatherKSmith5@gmail.com

“To Have and To Hold” : Fertility & Adoption Support Group

We ask that children not attend these meetings. Thank you.

Meets in April and October for four consecutive weeks.
Portland Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland, OR

This free support group is for women who experience difficulties conceiving and/or keeping a pregnancy. 
Each week explores a different theme of the fertility journey:
week 1: Invisibility
week 2: Guilt and Worthiness
week 3: Relationships
week 4: Resilience
Pre-registration required. Please contact Tina at 503.380.0424.