Our Mission

To provide compassionate validation, bereavement education and hope to families who have suffered pregnancy, infant and child loss through distinctive peer-based support programs guided by bereaved parents in partnership with professional facilitators.  Heartstrings is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity organization with the Tax ID #76-0777216.

Heartstrings is not a faith-based organization and serves grieving parents regardless of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or socioeconomic status by connecting them with parents who have experienced a similar loss.

Our Method

Since the first support group in 2005, Heartstrings and several counseling professionals have continued to improve the curriculum and format used in the support groups based on participant pre- and post-evaluation.  What is different about Heartstrings?  The main characteristics that make Heartstrings unique are that our support groups:

  •  Are led by a licensed counselor and a bereaved parent who has personally experienced pregnancy, infant or child loss.  Both facilitators are trained in the Heartstrings curriculum specific to the type of loss.
  • Follow a set curriculum that educates the parents about grief while also allowing them to share their loss and emotions in a safe place.
  • Are closed to new participants after the second meeting to protect the trust and community of the group.
  • Meet weekly for the first month and every-other-week for the last two months to allow the participants to build community outside of the group.

Our Story

Heartstrings Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support was born out of the personal loss of twin infants, Michael and Zachary, by Tracey Holyfield of Greensboro, N.C. in the spring of 2004. As she struggled through the days and months that followed the loss of her boys, Tracey became determined that no one should have to face the loss of their baby alone. With the encouragement of Kids Path® in Greensboro and several other area agencies and bereaved parents, Heartstrings Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support was formed. The Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group was the first program offered by the organization. The first 12-week group cycle started in March, 2005. Today, Heartstrings offers 6-8 12-week support groups annually in the Triad.

Connections was added in November, 2005 to bring together bereaved parents who have experienced similar losses for one-to-one support and encouragement.  Today, Heartstrings has more than 60 trained support parents who provide essential mentor support over a 12-week time period.

The need for subsequent pregnancy support soon became evident as families went through emotional pregnancies following their loss. Heartstrings added a Subsequent Pregnancy Program in October, 2006, which continues to provide peer support for those who are pregnant again.

We are here for you in whatever way we can help. Please call (336) 335-9931 to find out more about our programs as well as other community resources that you may find helpful.

Our People


Heartstrings Board of Directors


Sue Pedaline, Chair
Vice President of Nursing, Cone Health/Women's Hospital Greensboro, NC 

Scott Krewson, Treasurer, CPA, MBA
Board Treasurer, WinGreen Consulting Winston-Salem, NC

Liz Nemeth, Quickbooks
Liz Nemeth Photography Winston-Salem, NC

Dei Angel, LPC, NCC
Counselor, Lorven Child and Family Development Lexington, NC

Amanda Balwah
Secretary of the University - Executive Assistant to General Counsel, UNCSA, Winston-Salem, NC

Daniel P. Hall, MA, LPC, NCC
Doctoral Student, Dept. of Counseling and Educational Development, UNCG, Winston-Salem, NC


 Left to Right:  Annie Vorys, Ashley Wall, Cheri Timmons

Left to Right:  Annie Vorys, Ashley Wall, Cheri Timmons

Heartstrings Staff


Ashley Wall, Executive Director


Cheri Timmons, LCSW, CEAP, Director of Support Services


Annie Vorys, Director of Advancement