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Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center Inc

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Causes: Counseling, Education, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: We are a bereavement and educational center for individuals and families who are grieving or facing other life challenges. Our mission is to help people cope with loss, support their healing, and nurture their physical and emotional well-being. At Hope Floats our bereavement services are for adults, children and their families. Our approach is to support people in a safe environment, where they are able to share and process their grief with others facing similar losses. Our facilitators are trained volunteers who have often experienced a loss similar to group members and are generally accompanied by a clinician. We also provide occasional day-long support retreats, which allow people who have similar loss experiences to gather together. Small and intimate, these retreats include yoga and meditation, group discussion and mini-body treatments. We offer retreats to mothers who have lost children, individuals struggling with loss of a loved one to suicide, and those who have lost a partner or spouse. We also provide occasional retreats for individuals dealing with cancer. Out team also includes a variety of counselors who are available to support individuals dealing with grief, general counseling, and nutrition support. Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center, Inc., is organized as a non-profit public charity established in 2008 with 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

Target demographics: Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center provides support services to adults, children and families coping with the death of a loved one.

Geographic areas served: We are located in Kingston, Massachusetts and primarily serve residents of the South Shore area of Massachusetts as well as anyone who is willing to commute to Kingston.

Programs: Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center provides free grief/loss support groups to people who have lost a loved one. In addition, members of the community can enroll in healing and wellness classes such as yoga and tai chi. People can also receive services such as massage therapy, reiki, reflexology, cranial sacral therapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique. Individual consultations and workshops include astrology readings, sound healing, meditation workshops, expressive arts workshops, psychic/medium readings, human design readings and coaching. Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center also houses clinicians who provide grief counseling and individual/family therapy counseling services. Registration is required for all programs, events and services.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marie H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope floats saved me, I’ve lost a lot of people but when I lost my son at the age of 18 I called to be added to a group. Going every week with other parents who lost their child all of us could talk about our children without getting that look of “oh no, she’s going to mention him”. Denise and Ken put their pain into helping so many of us, we all say we belong to a club we never wanted to be part of. To share this place with us, they are Angeles, Hope floats is a healing, peaceful loving place. God Bless them for helping so many.

Lisa P.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is an amazing organization of people that help families daily who are trying to deal with grief and unexpected life situations.
It is incredible to see the heartfelt efforts that are put into each and every program.
I am hopeful that Hope Floats will continue to be recognized for the truly amazing work that is done each and every day.

Regina Lewis Q.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We found Hope Floats after the unexpected loss of our 18 year old son. Denise and the volunteers along with the beautiful men and woman who were part of our healing group were instrumental in our journey. We are thankful we found them when we did - not sure where we would be today had we not worked through our grief. The other side is hard and there are no answers, but there is Hope

Client Served

Rating: 5

I look forward to going to hope floats I am a mom that has lost 2 children to overdose, I have met a wonderful group there I guess we all understand each other with our loss we all know this unforgiving heartache

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son died in October 2013, a friend sent me a link to Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center. We called in December and was signed up for group support in January. The group support at Hope Floats was a key part of helping us navigate our grief. We attended with other parents whose children had also died. We made lifelong connections there and we attended group support and other events for 3 1/2 years. It truly is one of the best places in Massachusetts to go after a traumatic loss.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization! It’s been 4 months since I lost my daughter and the progress I’ve made in my grief because of Hope Floats is amazing. I’ve been spreading the word about this place since the moment I went to my first support session there. What makes this place so unique is that all the sessions are peer lead, meaning all of the leaders have had a similar loss which allows you to connect with them and know you aren’t alone. The meetings are also held in a home setting rather than a confrence room in an office building, and there are so many additional healing programs they offer outside of the traditional support group. This truly is a healing center and has a wonderful sense of community that you just feel welcomed, accepted, and a sense of belonging right from the start. I plan on volunteering here once I’m in a position to help others. That’s how much I love this place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my fiancé, he passed in his sleep next to me very unexpectedly. He was 27, and I, a widow at just 22 years old. To say it was devastating would be an understatement. I owe a lot of success, and many many thank you’s to hope floats!

It’s an absolutely beautiful, and welcoming property. Full of amazing staff- including my therapist who has put up with me at my very worst, and has helped me develop a new normal sense of self, since day one.

I will forever be thankful, and visit hope floats to find my center of gravity. It’s amazing knowing there is a safe haven to go to when you are hurting, and that there are so many people to help you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats runs a program for women dealing with cancer. This program offers a safe place to discuss your feelings, side effects, and experiences. It also pampers you and takes you away for a day of facials, massage, yoga and other alternative therapies. You leave feeling better all around. A day for recharging and learning new coping skills from women you share with. Not to mention a delightful luncheon together.
Deb S.

Tammy M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hope Floats for many years. The services they provide are far above any I have seen. The classes, workshops, support groups, and other services are a topic of conversation throughout the state. Their offerings are both classic and innovative always leaving the participants with positive feelings . I feel honored to have been both a participant as well as a service provider for Hope Floats. As a Community Leader and a Social Worker I can attest to the met needs in the community. Their mission is one I am passionate about and I hope they are able to provide and grow their services for many years to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is a wonderful gift to those going through the bereavement process. Ken and Denise are wonderful, compassionate souls that understand the different levels of grief.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Hope Floats due to the loss of my 21 year old daughter. They have some amazing programs and are constantly adding/changing them to keep things fresh. For me the best is the meditation with Teresa and her harp.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The compassion is unconditional and endless. They saved my heart and soul

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats provided a safe haven for me after the unexpected passing of my husband. Through the workshops, classes and open doors, I was able to become comfortable on my new path within a healthy loving environment that the Bracks had made available. In my line of work, I come across quite a bit of clientele who have come face to face with loss in their lives and because of the love and good intentions provided at Hope Floats, I regularly recommend their services to my clientele in need. My little part of the world is a better place because of Hope Floats.

Colleen O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is an amazing non-profit who helps heal people of all ages. The staff is wonderful, kind, caring and truly passionate about helping people and providing a safe environment. The property is beautiful and calming with the labyrinth, landscape and new play set for kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former hospice volunteerI have offered alternative healing services at Hope Floats for years. I was involved in starting the Healing Circle which still provides monthly healing and meditation on a donation basis to those who seek comfort and community. I still take part in the annual Kid's Camp each summer providing reiki to parents of sick kids. Hope Floats is a special place that offers unique services and who spirit of love and acceptance and hope can be felt by all who step inside the buildings or who walk the gardens or labyrinth. It is home to angels both human and divine . It is a magical place of solace and love born out of the deep loss of two to offer healing to many.

Linda M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Came here with my sister in law after the death of her son. I also lost a child in 2004. My sister in laws grief was new, and so raw, and mine, I learned, was not fully dealt with. While there, I felt acknowledged recognized, respected, and most of all understood. The support and the love that I experienced and found there was so healing to me, and it was also the place that I knew my sister-in-law needed to be during the all consuming grief that she was experiencing. My experience there was so healing, it is somewhere that I would not hesitate for a second recommend to somebody experiencing the pain of grief, because these people kindly and with so much love and expertise help you bear that weight and start to heal.

Jane88

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is AMAZING! I have been there several times.. each time I met the most kind, caring and compassionate healers. Having, lost my parents and many friends Hope Floats was able to guide me through my grief.. I brought my neice also and it gave her great peace and hope for her future!

Linda P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best place! I wouldn’t know what to do with out hope floats. They helped me so much when my son died of suicide! I am so grateful for this organization and recommend them to everyone!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Denise and Ken Brack have heroically turned the loss of their son into creating a haven and healing center for those whose lives have been altered by tragedy. This amazing center, Hope Floats, offers a vast array of healing services and emotional support to those who seek it. Their place is truly a lifeline to those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats has been an amazing support system for my family after the loss of my husband. I truly believe that the programs they offer have helped us cope with this sudden, unexpected loss.