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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Newsletter Transitions

For some time, the Brief Encounters Board has been considering options for transitioning the newsletter to a digital format. These discussions began over a year ago and have not been without careful deliberation. For many of us, the newsletter has a huge emotional tie to our children. The biggest item of discussion has been “Our Children Remembered” and how we can continue to honor our babies moving forward. We are currently looking into the logistics of sharing this information via email. The Board listened carefully to the input of many stakeholders throughout the process and did not make the decision lightly. As with any transition, it will be a time filled with both possibility and growing pains. For many years, the newsletter has been in print format and mailed monthly to hundreds of families. The price of printing and postage can be upwards of over $600.00 per month and is a large economic strain. It is the hope of the Board that the long-term viability of our non-profit group can be partially ensured as a result of this change. Additionally, the Board hopes to offer a larger variety of programs for grieving parents and families with the funds saved. The proposed timeline includes transition to digital starting September 2019. The Board plans to send out one printed newsletter on an annual basis near the holiday season. Printed copies will also be available at support group meetings. Sending cards to families at both the one and two-year anniversary of the baby(ies) is another part of the transition. Much work is being done to facilitate these changes including moving the database into a new format and collecting/confirming email addresses and baby information. 

Upcoming Events:

Happy Hour - Tuesday, August 13th, 5:30 pm 

Laurelwood Brewing Company SE
6716 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland 97202
Share some food and drink with the Brief Encounters community in a casual and relaxed setting. ‘Nuf said. Look for the bamboo plant on the table.

Brief Encounters Board Meeting: Monday, August 19th, 6:00pm

The B.E. Board welcomes you to our upcoming meeting on Monday, August 19th 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

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