Frequently Asked Questions
I lost a pregnancy/baby at ____ gestation/age. Will the group be a good fit for me? This group is for anyone who has lost a pregnancy/baby regardless of age/gestation. The concepts apply to anyone who had a deep connection to a baby/pregnancy and each participant will be guided to apply the concepts to their specific grieving situation. The facilitators are experienced in managing different types of loss in one space, acknowledging everyone’s story is unique and valid. If you have specific questions about your situation please reach out to discuss.
How long ago/recent does the loss need to be? A: Grief is a lifelong process, so there is no rule on how recent the loss needs to be in order to participate. Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions regarding your situation.
Is this group online or in person? This group will be taught in an online format in order to increase access to families who need the information and support
Can people outside Utah enroll? Yes. Due to this group being education-based and not a therapy group, people outside of Utah are welcome.
Who can participate? This specific group is designed for parents. We encourage single parents, couples, and step-parents to attend. We know there is much needed support for other family members such as aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, etc. Check with Star Legacy Foundation, The Sharing Place, and Share Parents of Utah for extended family support.
Can I cry and fall apart? I want to attend, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to hold it together. Crying is an appropriate and natural reaction to grief and loss and is welcome in the group. Many people who have lost a pregnancy/baby have also experienced trauma and some may need more calming skills and resources before they are able to open their mind to grief and loss concepts. If you are unsure if you’re ready for learning in a group setting, please reach out to discuss.
How much sharing will be involved? This group is education-based so there will be a wealth of information presented by the facilitators as it pertains to grieving a baby/pregnancy. At times, individuals will be invited to share how the concepts apply to them, but are never required to share. Commenting in the chat is another way past participants have shared.
What is the cost? The cost is $40/class. Payment for the full six-weeks is required which is $240 for 6 weeks or $280 with the optional pregnancy after loss class. Participants may pay in full or reach out to request a payment plan.
What if I need to miss a week? We will record the classes if everyone in the class consents to it. If that isn't an option, group members will still have other ways to access the material through slides and handouts.
Is this a processing group/psychotherapy group format? No. All of our groups in this series are educational support groups. The focus of these groups will be on psychoeducation of navigating grief and loss and associated topics. If you have personal needs for therapy those will need to be addressed outside of this group. Feel free to reach out to the facilitators if you need help with a referral.
Is this an open group? No. This is a closed group, meaning once we start the group we do not allow others to join. As such, full payment for the entire six weeks is required in order to enter the group. If an emergency arises, please discuss with the facilitators.
This group address multiple types of loss. What if I feel uncomfortable knowing there will be others who have different experiences than mine? Some may initially feel uncomfortable to be in a space with another family whose experience is so different from theirs. In grief work, the concepts we teach are the same regardless of the age or gestation of pregnancy, and each person responds differently and individually to grief. In the group, we will not compare losses, but allow people to identify which concepts taught apply to them and their grief process. Each person gets to define how their loss affects them and their lives.
What if I feel triggered by some of the educational material? Having compassion for ourselves in the grieving process is one of the core focuses of our curriculum. Working through triggers compassionately in the safety of the group environment is one of the many benefits of the group process. Please note, in the educational material to aid in teaching important concepts, there will be images of families spending time with their babies who have died of all ages and gestations.
What kind of equipment do I need to participate in group? Each participant will require a device with video, audio, and a microphone. If there are two people attending on one screen, please set up so both of you can be seen on the camera. It is encouraged for all members to keep their videos on throughout the group to increase feelings of connection. If you have other children, we recommend having someone else to tend to their needs so as to not have interruptions that may be triggering to other group members and you can put your full attention on the class content.
What are the start times of each class? Check-in for the class is between 7:15-7:25 pm and the class will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. Due to the sensitive nature of the group, admittance to the group will close at 7:40 pm unless previously discussed with a facilitator. Do you have any questions about this?