Empty Arms Bereavement

Support groups & FAQs

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.


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.

Support Group FAQs