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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre

Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Support Centre

Peer Group Support

Having specialized groups at every stage of the loss journey is a key part of our mission. Our groups are designed so that you can access what resonates most for you in this current season of your life. What resonates now may change as your journey does. No matter where you are on the loss journey, there is a group support option for you.

Please note: all groups are FREE to attend and are affirming and trauma informed spaces. Partners are encouraged to join all groups.

Weekly Support Groups

These groups are 7-week professionally facilitated, peer-driven support groups for individuals and partners. These groups meet every week during this time and registration is closed after week two. These groups provide a space to connect, validate your experience, and hold space to process your grief as you navigate your journey

Monthly Support Groups

Our monthly Drop-in groups are casual peer support drop-in groups for individuals, partners and couples who are looking to connect through their loss experience at any stage of the journey. These groups provide a comfortable space to share in a more casual setting

Social Connections

These groups are not support groups, but a chance to connect with others who can relate to the journey of miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, SIDS or infertility. They are for adults who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant and who would like to connect with others in a casual and social environment

Specialty Workshops

In this category, you will find professionally facilitated Yoga sessions, Grief Circles, and Visually Exploring Your Story workshops.

Rural Ambassador Groups

These rural groups are not support groups, but a chance to connect with others who can relate to the journey of miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, termination for medical reasons (TFMR), abortion, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or infertility, in-person in your local community. They are for adults who have experienced the loss of pregnancy or infant loss and who would like to connect with others in a casual and social environment.

 

Group Outcomes


Connection:
Connection with community and others with shared lived experience has been shown to be one of the most impactful resiliency factors in life. Participants will be able to discover the power in community and understand that we are never meant to do this alone.

Belonging:
Participants will feel a sense of  belonging, no matter their individual lived experiences, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expressions, socioeconomic status, faith, ability amongst others.

Empowerment:
Participants will feel a sense of empowerment through their connecting with their emotions, journey and community.

 

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 7-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.  Some of our groups that meet in person will have a hybrid option so you can 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 7-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 7-week group to meet others who have experienced.

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Join us on June 23rd for the

3rd annual PILSC Legacy Run/Walk

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Book with Erin Winters

In order to book with Erin, please contact us at info@pilsc.org

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