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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Maryellen H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is such a unique and special place. I have been both a volunteer and a participant for several support groups over the years. Grief can be so lonely and isolating and Hope Floats helps you see you are not alone. Denise, Ken and the entire group of volunteers are the most wonderful people you will ever meet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is truly an amazing place. As both a volunteer and a participant of their many programs and services, I have seen and experienced the phenomenal work being done there. Denise and Ken have built a place of solace, comfort and hope. The fact that they have done that out of their own tragedy and in loving memory of their son Michael, makes it even more inspiring. Hope Floats has touched the lives of hundreds of people and I am honored to be a part of it.

Christine M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beautiful, loving and compassionate son Adam died a year and a half ago and a huge part of me died with him. I would not be here today if it weren't for Hope Floats. I started grief counseling and immediately knew I was where I needed to be with the people I needed to be with. Hope Floats gets it. As soon as I come onto the property I feel peace and understanding. I don't have to explain myself...they are me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This story comes from my heart. I am so very grateful for Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center and all that it has to offer. A year ago our family tragically lost our daughters 21 year old son, our grand son. The grief for our grandson and the pain for our daughter was unbearable. I needed support and somewhere I would feel comfortable to talk about my feelings. I live in Kingston and had heard about Hope Floats. I called Denise Brack founder and instantly felt her compassion and understanding. She recommended one of the counselors and I started meeting weekly with her. I was slowly and gently guided with her help to deal with my grief. Without her help moving forward would have been more difficult. Hope Floats offers support groups, healing classes, body treatments all in a quiet serine setting. I recommend Hope Floats for anyone dealing with the loss of a love one.

Terri B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My saving grace after losing my daughter, Ali, in 2013. These people are the reason I’m still standing, and actually still smiling and sometimes even enjoying life again. Life will never be the same without my beautiful daughter, but Hope Floats will always be my forever bond, and gave me some amazing people in my life! Shout out and big hugs and thanks to Ken and Denise Brack! Thank you for sharing your grief and your hearts with all of us❤️❤️❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in on one of the earliest groups for grief quite a few years ago sponsored by Denise Brack and Hope Floats. To say that this group had a strong positive impact on my life shortly after my brother passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 57
is an understatement.
Approxiimately 10 years has
passed and to this day, I think of Denise and all my fellow group participants with love in my heart for
all that they gave me, including
patience, understanding, love and surprisingly, humor and laughter.

It was a difficult task to get me through one of the most darkest periods of my life.
I will always be grateful to Hope Floats, Denise Brack and all the women in our small group.
Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart.
It is a special and peaceful feeling knowing that Hope Floats is there if needed again!!

In gratitude,

Brenda.OToole
Weymouth, Ma

Alyson L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend and I participated in the annual memory walk in April 2019, and the event was a moving experience. Friends and families remembered their loved ones in a beautiful 5K walk through Kingston, followed by lunch and raffles back at Hope Floats. We’ll definitely be returning in 2020 for this wonderful event.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is an amazing place!
Compassionate staff and incredible programs that promote a safe place for healing the pain of grief.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter died from ovarian cancer 7 years ago, I needed support. I found Hope Floats which offered free bereavement groups. I was able to join a group where every other person had lost a child including the two co-facilitators. It was such a comfort to be with people who understood exactly what I was dealing with. Now, 7 years later I am a
co-facilitator of a group and it feeds me to give back. Hope Floats also has many healing offerings like meditation groups, sound healing, yoga , special inspirational speakers, Reiki share and others. It is a wonderful balance with the bereavement groups. I have watched
Hope Floats grow to serve children who have lost someone close to them and those who are dealing with a loved one who has a terminal illness. This is just the tip of the iceberg of all that Hope Floats offers the community. There is not another place around our area that offers so much .

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats became our sanctuary after the death of our son. I always recommend this place for bereaved families. There are not enough resources out there for grief, and I'll always be grateful for Hope Floats.

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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.

Patrick J.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Place is a beacon of light that shines brightly.

2 Anne M. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My siblings and I were one of the first families to walk through the door of Hope Floats. It would be more precise to say we stubbled through, broken with grief. One of my sisters had just lost her 21 year old son 24 hours after our dad died. We heard about Hope Floats and thought it would be good for her and we were going to wait in another room. We were welcomed by Denise and Pat, who is now an Angel too, and encouraged to join them. They walked with us through three more deaths, including the sister we brought to them, and I'm proud to say, eleven years later I consider Denise as part of my family. I don't know where she puts her wings but miracles occur in those rooms. We walked in shattered and walked out stronger than we thought was ever possible again. I am a better person today for having Denise and her staff bestow such kindness and empathy on me and my family. To this day I still recommend Hope Floats.

Erin P.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

“Of all human experiences, none is more overwhelming in its implications than death.”

Such words couldn’t have been more true after the loss of our twin boys.
With indescribable sadness, we found a beacon of safety & security in Hope Floats.

To be with compassionate, like minded people who were grieving the loss of their child meant more than words could express.

My family owes a tremendous gratitude to such a warm & supportive place to be ourselves & to “take off our masks” for a short time to truly feel the feelings in order to heal.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is one of the most sought after organizations on the South Shore for Healing & wellnes after the loss of a loved one. My husband & I attended the child loss group 3 yrs ago. We recognize that we couldn’t have healed of it wasn’t for the support of our group as well as Denise & Ken!
Now as a volunteer it is my absolute privilege to pass on to others what Hope Floats offered to us.

Chris H.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Denise is a devoted, talented and intelligent leader of the Hope Floats organization. Her kindness and willingness to share her personal tragedy to help others heal is inspirational. Oftentimes there is no where to turn when faced with such an overwhelming loss, Denise and her organization lend a lifesaving hand to those in need.

Brittany W.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! It’s purpose is to help those in need; grieving and dealing with loss. This a calm and safe place when the world seems hopeless. Denise and Ken have such kind hearts and they have taken their grief and created a way to cope by helping those in need.

Gail Corey O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats was my salvation when my daughter passed away more than 8 years ago. I took part in a day long retreat for mother’s that have lost a child. It was the most uplifting and loving experience I ever had. When I left that day I realized I was not alone and that I could go on. That day will always be special to me. I learned so much and took so many wonderful memories with me. Thank you Denise...you and Hope Floats will always have a special place in my heart. ❤️

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2011 I lost my 21 year old daughter suddenly and I was lost. For months I did not know how to get through the most devastating loss a parent could have. I came upon Hope Floats when searching for a method to find peace. I contacted Denise Brack and I attended a retreat in September of 2011 titled "Mother's that Have Lost Children" . This was my turning point. I met the most loving and wonderful women that were on the same journey. We talked, we cried, we shared memories, we laughed, we talked some more and at that moment I knew I was not alone. Denise and her staff got me through the most difficult time of my life. Every day is a grieving process for me, but I grieve a little differently since then. I remember my daughter and share her memories and for that I am grateful. Thank you Hope Floats and Denise Brack for helping me in my time of need. I will get back to Hope Floats someday....thank you again.
Gail Ouellette

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Floats Support group and Denise were a blessing to me.I sought comfort and understanding there after the sudden passing of my beloved 31 year old Daughter. It was a peaceful and kind haven where I could share my grief with others who sadly,"get it". I am so thankful for Hope Floats.

Marie H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope floats saved me from going crazy when my son died. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without them. I started with the child loss groups and met wonderful people. Now I’m still going there seeing the most wonderful counselor. Denise and Ken are so amazing with all they do.

Previous Stories

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

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope floats is an amazing place has helped me and so many. A place so many can go and feel you are not alone. Talk with people who understand. Highly recommend to anyone who maybe grieving or may need support and just talk

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't of found Hope Floats to help me with my grieving the death of my daughter. I was in the first grief group Denise and Ken had. I believe it was 10 yrs ago. It helped me through a lot of pain and I also met new friends. Denise and Ken have done a great job sereving our community with their non profit Hope Floats. I love them both.
Sincerely , Michelle Hill
The picture is of my daughter Nicole.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Denise and Ken Brack run the most amazing and helpful organization to the grief stricken. I lost my firefighting son to occupational cancer in 2015 and began attending child loss sessions in January 2017 at Hope Floats. It was the first place I felt relief in being able to talk about what was killing me inside and not being judged because of those feelings. Hope Floats helps heal both your mind and your body. Someone is always available just to listen and help you through a rough spot. Why? Because, unfortunately, they have all experienced the same horrible grief. In my estimation, Hope Floats is literally a life line at the worst time in your life. Thank you Denise and Ken.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a police officer and serving in a nearby town it has been an honor to get to know those at Hope Floats. Never an easy situation dealing with loss. Definitely one of the hardest parts of the job. Having this wonderful caring Oasis to refer people to is a godsend. Having been on the property it is amazing how you can immediately feel the love and care that is there. My heart truly aches for those in need of such care and at the same time it is warmed that such people are there in that time. Hope Floats , Thank you for being here . Y’all are very much appreciated. Jim T.

Karla B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Hope Floats and have been blessed by the wonderful energy and healing that has taken place. I have witnessed many people in their struggle to deal with the passing of a loved one. The support people receive and the genuine caring given by all at Hope Floats has been an inspiration and a true guiding force in my own life. From one on one appointments to group events and the annual walk, the circle of love and healing grows and enrichs the community and beyond. It is a privledge to be a part of this wonderful place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Denise and Ken Brack are two of the most unselfish people that I have ever met. They reach out to others to help them through some of the most difficult and heart breaking times that anyone can experience. Their kindness and compassion in dealing with these tragic events in peoples lives serves as an example to all of us, they both deserve to be recognized for their commitment to others and assisted in their outreach programs that have helped so many people face personal tragedies by their caring and support with the many bereavement programs that are offered at Hope Floats and Wellness Center,Inc.

Lisa M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an an amazing program to help parents who have lost a child. It has given me such comfort to meet and talk to other parents who are learning to live life in the healthiest way possible without their child. Thank you Denise!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats was a strong presence when we needed something and didn't know what. Caring, listening, giving, and open arms to all. This organization fills a gap when others didn't even know there WAS a gap. A physical place to go and hug someone who understands, a spiritual place to go when there are no words, a leaning place to go and be interested and connect with others who are learning how to be ok too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I lost both of my parents within couple of months, Hope Floats was a wonderful source of support. I attended a "Grief During the Holidays" group, and appreciated all the other healing, comforting services they provide.

Jennifer G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Floats is amazing. I lost my daughter Evelyn in July 2015. She was born 3 months premature and passed away 3 1/2 weeks after birth from a lung infection. Devastated doesn’t even begin to cover what I was. I have attended many support groups and grief counseling sessions with Hope Floats and their love, support, and understanding have helped me to navigate this long road of grief. They have helped so many families and individuals with all that they do and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend Lynnette and I have attended many events at hope floats from tablet tipping, mdicine wheel classes, mediumship as well as spending a night at Hope floats as we grappled wit loss. Hope Floats is an avenue for healing and spiritual expansion that exceeds any other spiritual center I have attended events at.

Darlene M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center a few months after lossing my 24 year old son. There are not many community organizations that recognize and work in the grief space outside of Hospice programs. However, too many people lose loved ones suddenly and do not have the interaction with Hospice. Support while grieving is vital for healing, especially for families who suffered a traumatic loss.

Hope Float provides many different access points for grievers to connect. They have peer-to-peer support for adults, clinician facilitated support for children, healing and wellness group activities, they have an annual memory walk and gala and so much more.

The people who work and volunteer at Hope Floats are amazingly compassionate, caring and because Hope Floats was founded by grieving parents, as a parent, you immediately feel a connection and understanding.

Over the past few years the programs have continued to expand I feel that is a testament to the impact they have in supporting families. I am so grateful to be one of those families and to have found Hope Floats.

Tamika P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to get healing and support for loss of a loved one.

1 Meaghan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to support Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center as a volunteer at the annual Memory Walk. Denise and Ken Brack, along with all of the facilitators and practitioners, are dedicated to achieving the mission of Hope Floats to help people cope with loss, support healing and nurture well-being. Hope Floats is an incredibly beautiful place that fosters connections among people coping with loss and practice self-care.

1 Teresa L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found my way to Hope Floats 9 years ago, as a practitioner. What Ken and Denise built in tribute and honor of their son, Michael, continues to inspire and amaze me. After losing my own son almost 4 years ago, I appreciate even more the wonderful work that they do to bring so much help and healing to those who are grieving.