Brief Encounters can help you feel less alone on your journey through grief. Here you may find helpful resources as you work through the pain of losing your babies. You can connect with parents who know the hard work of picking up the pieces of shattered dreams. Please join us as we learn how to be patient and kind to ourselves as the rest of the world tries to rush us through our grief. Here we have learned that making the journey with others is not nearly as lonely.

Our Mission

To break the sense of isolation surrounding pregnancy and infant loss.

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We have issued our final in-print newsletter. To ensure continued delivery of the newsletter in our new digital format, which will be emailed to you click here to subscribe and have your child(ren) included in Our Children Remembered.

If you need assistance, please contact Megan Wright at 503-646-1335 or database@briefencounters.org

 

NEWSLETTER TRANSITIONS *UPDATE*

As you may know, this newsletter will be transitioning to digital form starting next month in September. With input from the board, the newsletter editors, web manager, and database manager have been hard at work creating a format for the new emailed version along with collecting as many email addresses and baby names/dates as possible. In order to have your child(ren) included in the online version, it is essential that you opt-in. There is also the option to simply sign up for the newsletter and not include your baby’s information if you’d prefer that it not be shared in this way. With any transition period, there is both excitement and a healthy amount of trepidation as we move ahead. We hope that the new format will allow the newsletter to be more accessible to parents, caregivers, family and friends as well as being an environmentally friendly and economical option. We hope, too, that our children will continue be remembered in a meaningful way. We also plan to send an annual in-print holiday mailing containing information about our holiday remembrance events, how to order ornaments in honor of your baby(ies), and pieces related to getting through the holidays. This printed newsletter has been a lifeline for many of us. We have faithfully scanned its pages for the name of our child(ren) and even saved issues through the years. This transition does not go without notice. We know that change of any kind, even if it has its merits, is a challenging experience. We mark this passage and thank you for continuing to walk beside us.   

Upcoming Events:

Brief Encounters Remembrance Walk - Saturday, October 12th, 10:00 am

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we gather at the Peace House on a Saturday morning for coffee and pastries, then take a short walk through the neighborhood to visit the Portland Wishing Tree, where we listen to a poem and hang our wishes on the tree. Children are welcome. Suggested donation is $20 per family.

Candlelight Vigil and Morrison Bridge Lighting - Tuesday, October 15th, 6:45p

Every year on October 15th, a "Wave of Light" passes around the world at 7 pm in all time zones in observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Join us at the Eastbank Esplanade (just north of Fire Station #21 located at 5 SE Madison St, Portland) for a candlelight vigil and view the Morrison Bridge illuminated in pink and blue for our babies. Gather at 6:45, reading and candle lighting at 7 PM to 8PM.

Brief Encounters Board Meeting: Monday - october 21st, 6:00pm

The B.E. Board welcomes you to our upcoming meeting on Monday, October 21st at 6 pm.  There are many opportunities to get involved in our work and we would love for you to join us. Additionally, there are several board positions currently available. Even if you simply want to come and listen, we hope you will attend. We ask that volunteers be one year out or more from your loss. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the Riverpark Center Building, 205 SE Spokane Street, Portland, OR. Contact Board Chair Rachel with questions at RachelM@briefencounters.org