To ensure that grieving moms find community and support from other moms who have also experienced the death of a young child (17 years old and younger) regardless of cause or time frame.
Who we are
We are a casual support group for moms who have experienced the loss of a young child that meets approximately five times per year at a local coffee shop.
Group leaders are moms who have experience child loss and who offer their experience, a sense of community and hope for the future by facilitating meetings.
We know we are a group that nobody wants to belong to; however, we are so thankful to have each other in our time of grief.
Our grieving mom group was founded in 2006 by a group of four moms: Debbie, Patti, Geri, and Barb. They recognized the need for a group for parents grieving the loss of a young children versus the loss of an adult. They then set out to create Journey Through Loss of a Young Child.
Initially, our group was open to both parents and we encouraged dads to attend. However, we had too few dads who could come on a regular basis, so we decided as a group to focus on supporting moms. (We acknowledge dads grieve too, so please see our Community Resources page for other sources of support.)
Over time, our group leaders have changed, but our core values have remained the same. We are here to support and learn from each other, create community through sharing our stories and experiences, and hold space for each other to openly talk about and honour our children.
Why a coffee shop?
Our first few meetings were held at"old" Children's Hospital, now the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Center. Group feedback suggested we change to a less emotionally charged location, so we moved to a nearby coffee shop. That same coffee shop is where we meet now. The atmosphere of the coffee shop gives our meetings a casual, social, even normalizing feel. So approximately five times a year we grab a corner and settle in for our cozy meeting.
Inspired by other Christmas trees that were decorate at the Children's Hospital and the desire to honour our children who have passed, the Memory Tree Event became an annual tradition at the Alberta Children's Hospital. For specific event details, please visit our Events page.