Empty Arms Bereavement

You are not alone.

We’re so sorry you need us, but we’re glad you found us during this unimaginably difficult time.

If you have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for medical reasons, or infant loss, navigating grief can be a challenging experience (to say the least!). Empty Arms is a community committed to meeting bereaved parents exactly where they’re at. We welcome you, your baby, and your grief.

For Parents

  • Support Groups & resources
  • Info on stillbirth, miscarriage, and infant loss
  • Info for POC, single parents, and LGBT parents

For Friends & Family

  • What to say
  • How to help
  • How not to make it worse

For Professionals

  • Trainings and professional development
  • PDF resources

“At the worst moment in our lives, we should all be so lucky to have support like what Empty Arms provides."

- Melissa Mills-Dick, parent

Upcoming Support Groups & Events

Monthly: We offer ongoing support groups for a variety of loss circumstances, all of which meet monthly.

Virtual: All of our support groups meet virtually using the Zoom platform. Visit our events page, or click through the calendar to see upcoming meetings and events for our community.

Not into support groups? We know support groups are not for everyone. Visit our Support page to learn about other ways we can support you.

Not local to Massachusetts? Our focus is building community in Western Mass, so we keep our groups Massachusetts-populated. We encourage you to visit this page to look for your local community-based support or find an organization that is intended to be for a national audience.

TMFR Exception: If you've experienced a TFMR, Empty Arms recognizes that support is limited and insufficient nationally. Therefore, our TFMR groups are open to all.

Throughout our website, you'll see many magnificent examples of bereavement photography. We'd like to thank Erin Long Photography and Jessica Marie Photography for their beautiful work with these families.

Empty Arms operates through the generous support of our individual donors, as well as grants from The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Baystate Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation, and The Beveridge Family Foundation.

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