Rock Goodbye Angel’s open house
When: 5-7 p.m. March 3
Where: Rock Goodbye Angel, 615 Oak St., Suite 900, Gainesville
More info: 770-331-1281, www.rockgoodbyeangel.org
Weekly support group
When: 7-9 p.m. every Monday in Gainesville, 7-9 p.m. every second and fourth Monday in Lawrenceville
Where: Rock Goodbye Angel, 615 Oak St., Suite 900, Gainesville, and Building C, Suite 100, 1844 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville.
More info: Open to the public. Adults only. 770-331-1281, www.rockgoodbyeangel.org
Rock Goodbye Angel, a local nonprofit that supports families who have lost an infant, is opening the doors today to new offices.
Located in the North Georgia Community Foundation center on Oak Street in Gainesville, the offices mark the first time the organization has had a headquarters to call its own.
“Trying to run a community service and take the entire organization with you everywhere you go was extremely difficult,” said Angela Ewers, founder and executive director of the nonprofit. “It was not very efficient or well-organized, and meeting people in restaurants or local coffeehouses was not the most confidential or warm and friendly environment.”
The offices provide Rock Goodbye Angel a place to keep materials, hold support groups and meet with those who are grieving a lost child in a confidential setting.
According to Ewers, the grieving process associated with losing a child to either stillbirth or early infant death can have its own unique challenges.
“Grieving the loss of a baby doesn’t always have as many memories attached to it,” she said. “You’re grieving blindly by sight, but wholly by your heart.
“It’s very unique because you are grieving someone’s future instead of someone’s past.”
Rock Goodbye Angel was founded by Ewers in 2010 after she lost three infants over the course of four years and realized there were no community resources available to people in her situation.
“You feel like you are the only person on earth that has experienced a loss like that,” she said. “There were general grief groups that anyone could attend, but when you are sitting in a room with people grieving a spouse or an adult child, it truly is a different experience when you’re grieving someone you never really got to know.”
The organization offers a 12-monthslong program that takes people through the different phases of grief. Women in the program receive a charm bracelet with each charm representing a different phase of the grieving process. In addition, the group offers individual counseling and weekly support groups as well as an annual candlelight vigil on Oct. 15, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and the annual “Angel Babies 5k and Memory March” in September.
Every person who works for Rock Goodbye Angel is a peer counselor who has experienced an infant loss.
The services are open to all who are willing to come to Gainesville, whether they have recently lost a baby or lost one many years ago.
“We have had families who lost babies 20 or 30 years ago that never had a place where they felt like they could talk about their baby,” Ewers said. “Now that we are here, they can honor the memory of their baby in a very special way by helping others who are experiencing loss.”
Rock Goodbye Angel is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday starting this week and is in suite 900 of the North Georgia Community Foundation at 615 Oak St. in Gainesville.
The organization will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. March 3, and holds a weekly support group at 7 p.m. every Monday in Gainesville. There is also a support group that meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Lawrenceville.
For more information, call 770-331-1281 or visit www.rockgoodbyeangel.org.