Our Grief Support Conversations are 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 Conversations are 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.
Grief Support Conversations welcome 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 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT for approximately an hour.
Facilitator: Holly Gainsboro
Holly Gainsboro has been involved with the National Brain Tumor Society as a volunteer for nearly 10 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, so her depth of understanding how this disease affects not only patients, but their families as well, 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.
In 2014, Holly earned her certification as a Grief Recovery Specialist. Continuing her studies, she went on to become an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute and to receive certifications as a Grief Educator (from world-renowned grief expert David Kessler) and as a Grief Support Specialist (from the University of Wisconsin).
Holly’s passion and purpose is to be present for those who have experienced losses by guiding them through the feelings of grief and transitioning them to a place of joy and hope, while still honoring their relationships/experiences.