During the COVID-19 pandemic, Empty Arms is holding our support groups online using the Zoom platform. Our goal is to create a real, living community of bereaved parents here in Western Massachusetts.
Our meetings are small, intimate, and comprised of the families we've served in our Valley Hospitals, who have been referred to us by clinicians and practitioners, or who have found us on their healing journey
Zoom links for support groups are sent via email. If you are interested in joining a group, please contact us.
We offer the following monthly support groups. Click through for individual descriptions, or scroll below to read about our general philosophy and have your questions (hopefully) answered.
- Stillbirth and Infant Loss Support Group
- Miscarriage & Early Pregnancy Loss Support Group
- Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR) Support Group
- Subsequent Choices Support Group
- Berkshire Bereavement Support Group
- Twin Loss Support Group (while parenting a surviving twin)
- Infertility and Loss Support Group
- Parenting After Loss Support Group
- People of Color (POC) Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support group
- Dad’s Bereavement Support Group
Empty Arms Support Groups
Regardless of where they draw their support, people involved with Empty Arms are affirmed in the value of what they have lost. They are given the freedom to grieve and heal at their own pace, using their own strength of character as well as the bonds of friendship as their tools.
Most of our groups are held in Florence, MA, near Northampton. We serve individuals and families from Connecticut to Vermont, and Northampton is halfway up the valley and on I-91. If you’d like to come to a Florence meeting and need help getting there, please let us know. We often arrange car pools or can sometimes even come and pick you up.
Because we serve so many families in the southern valley, we have a meeting that is located in a Baystate office building in Springfield, as well. To reflect the population we serve in Springfield, this meeting is facilitated with bilingual facilitators and is conducted in the primary language of the participants.
We also have a satellite group that meets in Berkshire County that is open to anyone who has experienced a loss at any gestation or age.