Healing Moments helps grieving parents cope with loss

Photo by Peg Craig Kathleen Massmann, left, and Ashley Gutzwiller are co-facilitators of Healing Hearts Support Group that supports parents who have experienced loss.

Photo by Peg Craig
Kathleen Massmann, left, and Ashley Gutzwiller are co-facilitators of Healing Hearts Support Group that supports parents who have experienced loss.

When a pregnancy ends with miscarriage or stillbirth or when new babies don’t reach their first birthday, we say “this shouldn’t happen,” and yet it does, more often than people realize.

Parents are told to get past it and go on with their lives.

After the loss of one of her own children, Kathleen Massmann of Healing Moments Counseling in Monticello knew that parents needed time and compassion to deal with their loss, and she started a Healing Moments support group for them.

Her co-facilitator, Ashley Gutzwiller, also lost a baby, and together they are creating a safe place for parents to come “where they don’t feel so alone and they can talk about their child, their grief, and not worry about how the rest of the world might perceive them and their loss.”

“A group gives people a sense of community that is really difficult to find in the infant and pregnancy loss world,” Massmann said.

It gives the members opportunity to share experiences and ask questions about what others with similar losses have found helpful.

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