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.

* HOLIDAY EVENTS INFORMATION *

Our annual Adults Holiday Remembrance Ceremony is coming up Monday, December 9th from 7pm to 9pm at the Peace House. Do you have a reading, song, poem or other piece you would like to share at the ceremony? We may read your piece for you if you prefer. Please contact newsletter@briefencounters.org DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1st Due to the amount of time needed to print programs, we are unable to include submissions or performances after the deadline. Please submit in a timely manner so we may include your piece. 

Each year at the Holiday Remembrance Ceremonies, a slideshow of our children is shown. If you have NOT already submitted a picture in the past, you may send ONE picture for each baby. You may instead send a picture of something that represents your baby(ies) to you. Please no photo "collages" as the images will be too small to see. If you have submitted a photo in the past, it will automatically be included, and you need not resubmit. We will respond to confirm we have received your photo. Email your picture to newsletter@briefencounters.org DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1st  Due to the amount of volunteer hours required to create the slideshow, we are unable to include photos submitted after the deadline. Please submit in a timely manner so we can include your child(ren).

Upcoming Events:

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

holiday remembrance events:

children: saturday, december 7th, 10am - 12pm

Join other families at the Peace House for this holiday gathering to honor and remember siblings who have died. Activities include crafts, cookies, a performance by Penny’s Puppets, and ringing the bell in honor of our babies.

adults: monday, december 9th, 7pm - 9pm

Join others in the Brief Encounters community at the Peace House for the annual holiday remembrance ceremony for parents and adult friends / family members. The ceremony will include special readings, songs, and poems to honor our children who have died. We ask that no children attend this event. Please note this ceremony takes place of the regular second Monday meeting.

* ACTION NEEDED *

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