Grief Support

Grief Support

A supportive, virtual space for bereaved brain tumor community members to process their unique grief experience.


Led by Holly Gainsboro, National Brain Tumor Society’s Grief Support Group is an open, supportive space for bereaved brain tumor community members to share their experiences with grief among peers and under the guidance of a professional facilitator.

The Grief Support Group welcomes anyone who has lost a loved one to a brain tumor and offers participants the space to be heard while also providing tools and resources to support individuals through their grieving process. The group meets virtually on the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 pm ET. To allow enough time for meaningful conversation among all participants, spaces are limited to 20 people per session.

After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to connect to the session. For more information, see our privacy policy.

Facilitator:
Holly Gainsboro

Holly Gainsboro has been involved with the National Brain Tumor Society as a volunteer for eight years — chairing/co-chairing events, advocating, and sharing her family’s story — before joining us as our Grief Support Group facilitator. Holly’s late husband, Steven Gainsboro, passed away in December 2010 from glioblastoma. Her depth of understanding of this disease and its effects on both patients and loved ones enables her to be fully present for others in the brain tumor community. Holly recognizes that grievers don’t need to be fixed, they need to be heard, seen, and supported.

She became certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist in February 2014 and has since received many additional certifications in the fields of grief and thanatology. She most recently completed her certification as an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute®, allowing her to work virtually with clients. Holly’s passion and purpose is to be present for those who have experienced loss by guiding them through their feelings of grief and transitioning them to a place of joy and hope while still honoring their relationships and experiences. Holly says, “I normalize grief and invite growth and learning throughout the journey using a heart-centered and holistic approach.”