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.

Upcoming Events

Brief Encounters Board Meeting: Monday, March 18th, 6:00pm

The B.E. Board welcomes you to our upcoming meeting on Monday, March 18th 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 Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill, Portland. Contact Board Chair Rachel with questions at

Food, Wine, Friends: Brief Encounters Potluck  Saturday, May 4th, 5:00 pm

Brief Encounters welcomes you to the Peace House to connect with loss parents in a more casual and relaxed setting. Bring a dish to share, your favorite wine or beverage, and connect with new friends. For this first potluck, we ask that no children attend. Moving forward, we hope to rotate houses and include both child-friendly and adult-only gatherings. Last names A-F bring salad/side, G-U main dish, T-Z dessert. Contact Laura at for more information. 

Noah’s Quest: Saturday, June 22nd,  2019

Join the B.E. community in beautiful Sandy, Oregon to remember our babies with a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K kiddie run. All proceeds benefit Brief Encounters. Registration information to follow.