Brief Encounters can help you feel less alone on your journey through grief. Here you may find helpful resources as you work through the pain of losing your babies. You can connect with parents who know the hard work of picking up the pieces of shattered dreams. Please join us as we learn how to be patient and kind to ourselves as the rest of the world tries to rush us through our grief. Here we have learned that making the journey with others is not nearly as lonely.

Our Mission

To break the sense of isolation surrounding pregnancy and infant loss.

Upcoming Events

Phone/Group Facilitator Training: Sunday, April 28th, 9am - 3pm

If you are interested in giving phone line support or facilitating meetings with Brief Encounters, join us for a session on supporting the bereaved with compassion and understanding. Training provided by Pat Schwiebert, RN. We ask that our volunteers be one year out from their loss, but if facilitation is something you envision for the future, please attend. Bring a lunch item to share potluck style. Contact Rachel at with questions and to RSVP. This will be held at the Peace House located at 2116 NE 18th Ave Portland, Oregon 97212

Food, Wine, Friends: Brief Encounters Potluck  Saturday, May 4th, 5:00 pm

Brief Encounters welcomes you to the Peace House to connect with loss parents in a more casual and relaxed setting. Bring a dish to share, your favorite wine or beverage, and connect with new friends. For this first potluck, we ask that no children attend. Moving forward, we hope to rotate houses and include both child-friendly and adult-only gatherings. Last names A-F bring salad/side, G-S main dish, T-Z dessert. Contact Laura at for more information. 

Brief Encounters Board Meeting: Monday, May 20th, 6:00pm

The B.E. Board welcomes you to our upcoming meeting on Monday, May 20th at 6 pm.  There are many opportunities to get involved in our work and we would love for you to join us. Additionally, there are several board positions currently available. Even if you simply want to come and listen, we hope you will attend. We ask that volunteers be one year out or more from your loss. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill, Portland. Contact Board Chair Rachel with questions at

Noah’s Quest: Saturday, June 22nd, 8:00 am - Sandy Bluff Park, 36910 Goldenrain St. Sandy, OR

Join the Brief Encounters community to remember our babies with a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K kiddie run. Registration begins 8:00 AM, Opening Ceremony 8:45. Registration fee $30.00 or $35.00 day of race. Events include dove release, reading the names of our children, and guest speaker Pat Schwiebert at 11:00 am. Activities for children including face painting and crafts. Register at and follow the instructions below.

1. Select Oregon from the drop down menu
2. Select City of Sandy Recreation 
3. Click on "Register for classes, camps, events and senior activities" on the left 
4. Click on "Community Events" on the left under "Select activity"
5. Select "Noah's Quest 2019" 
6. Select "Noah's Quest Event Registration 2019"
7. Click "Sign up" on the right 

Questions? Contact Carol Cohen, Sandy Community Services at 503-668-5569,