• Noah’s Quest Benefit Walk/Run - For everyone who has lost a child or the hope of a child and for those who care.

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

    Noah’s Quest was organized by Brief Encounters parents after the death of their son, Noah, in 2005. It features a 10K run, a 5K run and walk, and a 1K kiddie run. There are also fun activities for children as well as a quiet area to light a candle for your baby. Whether you are a serious runner or prefer a peaceful walk, we encourage you to show your support for those who have lost a baby by joining the Brief Encounters community in this beautiful setting. All proceeds benefit the work of Brief Encounters.

Registration begins at 8:00am. 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


  • Remembrance Walk in October

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we gather at the Peace House on a Saturday morning for coffee and pastries, then take a short walk through the neighborhood to visit the Portland Wishing Tree, where we listen to a poem and hang our wishes on the tree. Children are welcome. Suggested donation is $20 per family.

Time and Location -

Saturday, October 12th, 10:00 am - Peace House 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland 97212

  • Morrison Bridge Lighting - Lights of Love International Wave of Light

Join us at the Eastbank Esplanade (just north of Fire Station #21 located at 5 SE Madison St, Portland) for a candlelight vigil to remember our babies and view Morrison Bridge illuminated in pink and blue for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Bridge lighting organized by Lights of Love International Wave of Light

Time and Location -

Gather at 6:45, reading and candle lighting at 7 PM to 8PM, October 15, 2019

  • Annual Children’s Holiday Remembrance Ceremony

This event is a time for children who have lost baby siblings to be around other kids who have experienced a similar loss. Together, they decorate cookies, makes crafts, sing and listen to stories and hear their siblings’ names read aloud. Whether your living children knew their baby sibling or joined your family after your loss, their sibling will always be an important part of your family.

Time and Location -

Saturday, December 7, 2019, time TBA, The Peace House 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland 97212

  • Annual Holiday Remembrance Ceremony

Every year on the second Monday evening in December, parents, adult family members and friends in the Brief Encounters community are invited to our Holiday Remembrance Ceremony at the Peace House. We recognize that celebrating the holidays with an empty space in your home and heart can seem impossible. The Remembrance Ceremony is a safe place to celebrate, remember and miss our babies who have died. During the evening, you will hear readings, music, and poems performed or recited by Brief Encounters parents, and our babies’ names will be read aloud. Those who wish may submit a photo of their babies or other mementos to be part of a slideshow at the end. Afterward, everyone is invited to stay for refreshments and a chance to visit with other parents. This event takes the place of our usual second Monday Pregnancy and Infant Loss support meeting.

Time and Location -

Monday, December 9, 2019, 7 PM, The Peace House

  • Ornaments

Every year, we offer handmade ceramic ornaments which include your baby’s name and birth and death dates. All proceeds benefit Brief Encounters and our continued outreach to bereaved families. The ornaments are hung on the tree during the children’s ceremony and are available to be picked up after the Adult Ceremony. They may also be shipped