The Mothers of Angels, a support group for mothers who have lost a child, announced it is taking an indefinite hiatus just six months after the group was created.
Hospice Brazos Valley, the nonprofit organization that hosted the group, said this week that the program is taking a break from the monthly meetings at Sterling House in Bryan.
"The women who came to the group have found friendship and peace and encouragement to move forward and don't feel the need to meet on a monthly basis," Christine McDonald, community liaison for Hospice Brazos Valley, wrote in a statement to The Eagle.
Mothers of Angels started with Melinda Hyer, who lost her son in 2004. Hyer approached Joan Serber, hospice bereavement coordinator, about starting a new support group for mothers. Hyer had gone through an intense grieving period and was looking for other mothers who had lost children to provide support and fellowship, Serber said. The first meeting was Jan. 10, and meetings continued every second Thursday of each month. The group of about five women -- each had a child die as a young adult -- met at Hospice Brazos Valley for a meeting with Serber before heading out to a fellowship event.
"Being with other mothers is a comfort," Serber said in January in a press release. "We listen, acknowledge and reassure each other that what we are going through is a normal part of grief."
On Tuesday, Serber said that the hiatus was a mutual decision between the group and Hospice Brazos Valley. The group could restart if Serber receives a request from more bereaved mothers.
For information about Hospice Brazos Valley support groups or resources, call the Bryan office at 821-2266.
Other support groups for grieving parents are:
• The Bryan-College Station chapter of MEND, a group for women or families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Hawthorn Suites, 1010 E. University Drive, College Station. For information, call 220-7851 or go to www.mend.org.
• The Compassionate Friends of Robertson County, a self-help bereavement organization providing support to parents, siblings, grandparents and close friends. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at First Baptist Church in Hearne, 105 W. Davis St. For meeting information, call 229-7587.