All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law. Brief Encounters Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Federal ID #45-4822283. Copyright ©2018 Brief Encounters Inc.



Love Gifts to Brief Encounters may be given in loving memory of children who have died, in gratitude for living children, or as general gifts to further our support of bereaved parents. We acknowledge all gifts without reference to amount in the monthly newsletter. Your gift, large or small, will go toward printing our brochures and booklets for area hospitals and clinics, maintaining this web site, providing monthly meetings, reaching out to the provider community, mailing monthly newsletters, and various other efforts. Brief Encounters is run entirely by volunteers. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

To make a donation, click the Donate button. We encourage the use of PayPal instead of using the Facebook donate system.


Mail your check or credit/debit information to:

Brief Encounters
2116 NE 18th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212

Please print and return the PDF form below with your love gift. Please indicate if you’d like your gift to remain anonymous. 


get involved

If you are interested in volunteering behind the scenes or directly with other bereaved parents, the following opportunities may be of interest to you.  Time commitments and training vary by position. If you have an idea of a volunteer role that is not listed, please reach out!

  • Newsletter Mailing: once a month, preparing newsletters for mailing.

  • Noah’s Quest: planning and day-of support (manning a booth, bringing supplies, directing runners, etc.)

  • Holiday Remembrance Ceremonies: perform a song or reading, be a greeter, provide snacks, craft tables, help set up and clean up

  • Cards: send cards to bereaved families on anniversaries

For the following opportunities, volunteers must be at least one year out from their loss, have attended meeting regularly, and gone through our facilitator training.

  • Telephone Facilitator: retrieve messages from our message line a minimum of once a week, return calls or pass along messages as needed.

  • Meeting Facilitator: facilitate our support meetings for bereaved parents.

  • Backup Meeting Facilitator: act as a support person to the facilitator and facilitate meetings when the regular facilitator cannot attend.

  • Hospital/Birthing Center Liaisons: visit your hospital/center on a quarterly basis to refurbish Brief Encounters literature and develop/maintain relationships with key contacts.

  • Liaison Coordinator: Train and support liaisons, maintain records of liaisons’ hospital assignments, and ensure liaisons and hospitals have necessary supplies.

  • If you’re interested in getting involved with Brief Encounters email Rachel Murfitt at