What we're about
This MeetUp group was created to ideally serve as an adjunct to our monthly Hope After Loss bereavement support groups (www.hopeafterloss.org), by providing members of our community with additional opportunities to gather in an open social environment. This is not intended to be a professional medical based counseling or support group; in fact, it is intended to be as far removed from that setting as possible. Many of us have met through these groups, and have found it beneficial to get together both in a support group setting as well as out socially.
While it can be difficult or feel nearly impossible to talk about loss and day-to-day emotions with friends and family or anyone who hasn't experienced this sort of grief journey firsthand, it can be even harder to get out and do the things we used to enjoy, or to engage with new people without feeling disassociated and uneasy. This group is an opportunity to socialize with others who have been through similar circumstances and situations, safe in the knowledge that all understand how difficult it can be to leave the usual four walls of infant and pregnancy loss life and not feel unduly pressurized to painstakingly strip any or all emotional feelings out of a social occasion.
This group is setup so that any of our members can organize and post something, if they would like- activities and ideas can range from a happy hour, backyard bbq, or beach day, to a nature hike, kayaking, group dinner, or concert-in-the-park. Our goal is to have a group where it's enjoyable to get out of the house, do fun things with friendly people, and to plan events and get-togethers that we can look forward to.
While this is a “private” group for our community, it is open to close adult family members and loved ones.
When you RSVP "yes" to an upcoming event, but then have to change to a "no," feel free to just change your RSVP - no need to comment or tell us specifics, we know everyone is busy and things come up. No worries!