New support group helping parents heal after the loss of a child

Posted at 6:54 PM, Dec 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 09:06:26-05

A Brentwood mother is starting a  support group for parents who have lost a child.

It’s been three years since Maggie Spaulding lost her youngest son, Mitchell, to an accidental opioid overdose. It happened two weeks before his 28th birthday. Maggie says she started to look into ways to help her grieve.

"One thing all parents go through is always asking why and what if...what could I have done," said Spaulding.

Maggie came across the national organization “Helping Parents Heal.”  The organization is a support group where parents can find ways to cope with the loss of their child spiritually but there wasn't a chapter in Tennessee so she decided to start one.

Spaulding says she plans to hold monthly meetings at Brentwood Library on Wednesdays. Their first meeting will be on December 5th. 

The free sessions will be from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. During each session, Maggie will guide parents in discussing different alternate ways of healing such as yoga, meditation and listening to inspirational speakers.

"I knew that something positive was going to come of this…I just didn’t know what but through all the crying and grieving I knew something positive was going to come of this," said Spaulding.

The group welcomes everyone regardless of their religious or non-religious backgrounds. As of right now there are meetings planned for Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 6, and April 3.

If you have any questions, you can contact Maggie by emailing at

The Nashville/Brentwood HPH Group Facebook page can be found here.