Specialized Groups

In this category you will find professionally facilitated groups such as Art and Equine therapy.

Journeying Through Loss Adult Art Therapy Group

Run by Professional Art Therapists, this art therapy group will provide the safe, nurturing holding space needed to help process and validate the grief and trauma from the loss. Over 6-weeks, we will gently work through feelings of isolation, shame and disconnect with the body while mindfully honouring the loss in a creative and symbolic way.

Why use art? Art has the power to influence how we integrate, unblock, and understand the pain of loss. While it may feel easier to avoid these feelings, art has the ability to invite these feelings into the light through visual forms, helping us lean into, learn from, and move through the feelings rather than be stuck in them. The healing act of making art can also offer release, allowing the grief to take up as much or as little space as it needs.

What is Art Therapy? Art therapy utilizes the healing potential of art-making within a therapeutic framework. Instead of relying on words alone, art therapy helps to give feelings a visual form, making them easier to process within the safety of the therapeutic relationship and the communal healing circle of the support group.

Who is this group for: Adults who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant. No art experience is necessary.

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Equine Group

What is Equine Group? This workshop series based in Calgary is ideal for those who are animal lovers and are looking for an alternative path to healing, cradled by the strength of a horse. Participants are invited to attend any and/or all of the sessions.

Equine connections can improve emotional health and wellbeing by reducing stress, fostering relaxation and a greater sense of ease and openness in a natural setting removed from the traditional medical/therapeutic setting.

The focus of this group is to heighten one’s self-discovery, through exploring the 4 pillars of Space, Energy, Pressure and Mind. You will be taken on a healing journey that will promote inner peace, self-expression and awareness.

Who is this group for? Adults who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant. No horse experience is necessary.

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FAQ

What to expect at a PILSC peer support group

A hybrid group is a peer support group that gives you the option of attending in person at the PILSC office in downtown Calgary or attending virtually on Zoom for those living outside of Calgary and for anyone who prefers to attend virtually.

Your hybrid group will have a designated facilitator for those who attend in person and the second facilitator will be supporting the group on Zoom. We have technology called Meeting Owl that allows for a seamless interaction experience between those attending in person and those who attend virtually.

(PILSC hybrid group using Meeting Owl technology with in-person and virtual attendees)

To see a video of a Hybrid group, see this video

For our 8 Week Groups, we require that all participants attend either the first or second session and as many sessions as possible to allow for a safe and consistent group environment. That being said, life happens and let us know if you are unable to attend a session by emailing info@pilsc.org.

As with all of our services at PILSC, we believe in the importance of removing barriers to accessing services. All of our groups are offered at no cost to participants. For those who have the means and ability to help support the centre and our groups programming, we graciously accept donations: https://pilsc.org/donate-to-pilsc

All of our online groups are open for anyone to attend anywhere in the world. Our groups that meet in person will always have a hybrid option so you can always attend any group virtually, regardless of your physical location.

You will receive a confirmation email from the Jane booking system and the day before your group you will receive an email welcoming you to your group. For 8 week groups, there are forms to fill out in the Jane booking system so please fill those out as we require your mailing information to send you materials for your group.

Yes, you are welcome to attend a group more than once. Every time you attend will be different because so much is determined by the people in a group with you. We also have various monthly groups that you can try after an 8-week group to meet others who have experienced.

Book with Erin Winters

In order to book with Erin, please connect directly with our Program Assistant, Shelagh via email at shelagh@pilsc.org

NOTE: Refrain from providing detailed personal information when emailing Shelagh. Feel free to describe your challenges in brief, and leave out personal details that you only wish to share with Erin.

Shelagh

Shelagh (she/her) brings with her a solid background as an admin in a variety of areas from business, academia and now with a charitable organization with the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Center. She feels passionate about working in a role that benefits others in the community.

Shelagh was exposed to bereavement and deep grief at an early age and it left her with a profound sense of how fragile life is and how we need to find joy and light wherever we can. She feels privileged to be able to take this sense with her into her role with PILSC while putting her strong admin skills to good use.