a six-week educational group for parents
Now accepting requests for enrollment for our next group May 5-June 9, 2022
by Camille Hawkins, LCSW with Camille Hawkins Counseling & Lyndsey Proctor, LCSW with Serenity Recovery & Wellness
This group is for anyone who is struggling with their grief journey after a pregnancy loss or death of a baby including miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for medical reasons, or infant death. Topics will include:
- Understanding grief as it pertains to the death of a baby
- Understanding trauma
- Dealing with grief, depression and anxiety
- Healing rituals and keeping your baby’s memory alive
- Facing the outside world
- Navigating grief in an intimate partnership
- Talking with young children about loss
- Trying again and pregnancy after loss (optional 7th week)
- Living your best life after loss
- And more
Online classroom in order to reach a broader range of urban and rural parts of Utah and surrounding states
About the Facilitators:
Camille Hawkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a leading reproductive and perinatal specialist in Utah. In addition to providing one-on-one therapy, Camille is also involved in community nonprofit work as the founder and prior Executive Director of Utah Infertility Resource Center. She currently serves on the board of Postpartum Support International Utah’s Chapter and the Utah Reproductive Mental Health Network. She volunteered at the Sharing Place, a grief support center for families, and worked on the OB floor of a hospital assisting families at the bedside when they experienced stillbirth or infant death. Camille is also a certified teacher through the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. She has personal experience with grief and loss through infertility, miscarriage, and the stillbirth of her daughter, Everly.
Lyndsey Proctor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the founder and owner of Serenity Wellness & Recovery, a center focusing on supporting the mental health of families before, during, or after pregnancy. While working with women, Lyndsey saw a specific need to help clients that were pregnant or postpartum with their mental health. Lyndsey’ s center is designed to be able to meet each client’s needs with the appropriate therapeutic support the client may need. Each client’s mental health needs are unique, so Lyndsey built her program to meet each person’s needs by offering all different levels of care in different therapy settings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I lost a pregnancy/baby at ____ gestation/age. Will the group be a good fit for me? A: This group is for anyone who has lost a pregnancy/baby regardless of age/gestation. The concepts apply to anyone who had a deep connection to a baby/pregnancy and each participant will be guided to apply the concepts to their specific grieving situation. The facilitators are experienced in managing different types of loss in one space, acknowledging everyone’s story is unique and valid. If you have specific questions about your situation please reach out to discuss.
Q: How long ago/recent does the loss need to be? Grief is a lifelong process, so there is no rule on how recent the loss needs to be in order to participate. Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions regarding your situation.
Q: Is this group online or in person? A: This group will be taught in an online format in order to increase access to families who need the information and support. There will be an option in-person workshop at the end of the 6-week class.
Q: Can people outside Utah enroll? A: Yes. Due to this group being education-based and not a therapy group, people outside of Utah are welcome.
Q: Who can participate? This specific group is designed for parents. We encourage single parents, couples, and step-parents to attend. We know there is much needed support for other family members such as aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, etc. Check with Star Legacy Foundation, The Sharing Place, and Share Parents of Utah for extended family support.
Q: Can I cry and fall apart? I want to attend, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to hold it together. A: Crying is an appropriate and natural reaction to grief and loss and is welcome in the group. Many people who have lost a pregnancy/baby have also experienced trauma and some may need more calming skills and resources before they are able to open their mind to grief and loss concepts. If you are unsure if you’re ready for learning in a group setting, please reach out to discuss.
Q: How much sharing will be involved? A: This group is education-based so there will be a wealth of information presented by the facilitators as it pertains to grieving a baby/pregnancy. At times, individuals will be invited to share how the concepts apply to them, but are never required to share.
Q: What is the cost? The cost is $40/class. Payment for the full six-weeks is required which is $240 for 6 weeks or $280 with the optional pregnancy after loss class. Participants may pay in full or reach out to request a payment plan. Contact email@example.com or call Serenity at 801-984-0184.
If you are ready to enroll now in the May class, register at the link above. Use the below form to get on the list for any future classes or if you have specific questions about this class.