Grief Support

Setting the standard for care and support.

We are known among Connecticut funeral homes for our strong belief in providing support and resources to you after the funeral is over. This is often the hardest time for any family, and why we don’t consider our job done when friends and relatives usher out of the funeral service.

Local Support Groups

Hope After Heartache Grief Support Group (monthly video/teleconference)
As you begin to face life without the one you love, know that you can rely on our staff to guide, advise and support you. Sharing your grief with others who understand what you’re going through may help you cope with your loss. You and your family are invited to participate in a monthly telephone grief support group facilitated by our bereavement expert, Nancy Weil. You’ll be free to ask questions, express what you’re feeling or simply listen in without speaking. You may participate in as many or as few monthly sessions as you wish, always within a compassionate and confidential setting. You will find a connection with others who understand the pain you are feeling because they are grieving too. You will find a highly skilled facilitator who will teach you tools to help you navigate the journey of grief. You will find that you can make it through another day. 

Hope After Heartache Grief Support Group is held on:

The 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. EST

Two Ways to Join:

  1. Video and/or Audio Chat from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
  2. Audio Chat using your phone:
    United States: 1-646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 917 7868 2953#

You do not have to submit a participant ID, just hit the # key.

Questions about how to join online? Contact Nancy at nweil@ogr.org or 512-334-5504 ext.304


Bereavement Group: Westport, CT
Blessed are they who mourn and they shall be comforted. Come, share and heal with others at the Assumption Parish, 98 Riverside Ave. in Westport.  Meetings take place on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Beard Room of the Roncalli House (the parish center at the end of the parking lot).

Helen Thiemann will lead the group. For more information, please email or call her at helenctman@gmail.com or (203) 227-6318



Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County
A message from VNS: We are committed to providing bereavement support to grieving individuals and families during the first year following the death of a loved one. Our professional bereavement counselors are trained to provide comfort and promote healing after a loss. Our bereavement support groups are open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss.  Participation offers the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and therapeutic environment with others who have also suffered a loss. Our bereavement support groups are open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss.  Participation offers the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and therapeutic environment with others who have also suffered a loss. For information about our bereavement program and schedule of support groups and seminars, call 203-762-8958.


Bereavement Group: Stratford, CT
Our Lady of Peace Bereavement Ministry provides support for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. The bereavement ministry seeks to provide a safe place where the bereaved can gain an understanding of the grief process, have the opportunity to talk through their experiences, and explore their thoughts and feelings with others who are also grieving the loss of a loved one. Doing so will assist the bereaved in working through their grief on their journey to healing so that they, once again, will be able to enjoy a happy and productive life with memories of their loved one.

It is a free, structured 10 - week program using the book, "The New Day Journal - A Journey from Grief to Healing" written by Mauryeen O'Brien. The New Day Seminar is a 10 week series that helps the newly bereaved with the tasks of grieving.  Each session provides a place and time for individuals to share their grief story and to learn about the grieving process and its tasks for healing. Listening to others gives the participant a perspective with which to begin healing.  Sharing one's experience, feelings and pain is one step in becoming aware that you are not alone.

Trained facilitators will conduct the seminar.  They are people who have experienced grief in their lives and are able to move with the group through the tasks of grief.

For more information and upcoming dates, please contact the Janet Gillick at 203-377-4817 or the Parish Office, 203-377-4863 ext. 10.


Bereavement Group: Milford, CT
Precious Blood Parish in Milford is hosting a spring bereavement group to held in the St. Agnes Church Hall, 400 Merwin Ave. in Milford. This is a free, 10-week program beginning, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. To register, please call 203-874-2376. All are welcome.


Social Group: Trumbull, CT
George's Hill is a social engagement group for people with memory problems or dementia and their caregivers. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Unity Hill United Church of Christ, 364 White Plains Rd. Lunch and a fun program are included.  To register, call the church at 203-374-8822 or email unityhillucc@snet.net


Young Widow/Widower Meet-up Group: Newtown, CT
For information, please visit: Young Widow/Widowers Group. Please keep in mind, there are no age restrictions on the group though most members are in the 40s - 60s range. 


The Caring Network: Milford, CT
Bridges’ Caring Network is an ongoing support group for people who have suffered a loss through death. People who are living through grief may need time with others who will listen, share and give and receive encouragement. The group is facilitated by a mental health professional and meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges’ offices, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. There is no charge to attend. For further information on the Caring Network please contact Cynthia Dodd, M. Div. at Bridges, 203.878.6365, ext. 344.


Griffin Hospital: Derby, CT
Griffin Hospital has support groups for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one. These groups provide grief education and support to ease the pain of loss as well as encourage healing and growth. The groups meet in eight-week cycles at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.  Groups have limited capacities.  Therefore, pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, call Janice Lautier at 203-732-1132 or email jlautier@griffinhealth.org.


Compassionate Friends, Bridgeport Chapter
The Compassionate Friends of Bridgeport is a nondenominational bereavement group for parents whose child has died. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main St. in Stratford. This is a non-denominational group for parents grieving the death of a child at any age or for any cause. Please bring a nonperishable food item to the meeting for the Sterling House Food Pantry. Please call Laura, 203-380-2818 for more information compassionatefriends.org/chapter/bridgeport-chapter/


St. Vincent Medical Center - Bridgeport, CT
This is an ongoing support group sponsored by VITAS Healthcare Bereavement Team. For more information or to RSVP for the group, please call 203-523-3800.


St. Vincent’s “We Care” Perinatal Grief Support Group- Bridgeport, CT
This is an ongoing group every THIRD Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm until 8:15 pm. in St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area, Level 3, Elizabeth Pfriem Swim Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center, Bridgeport. Please join us. We’re here to help. The group is for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death. The group is facilitated by a maternity nurse and a chaplain who are certified grief counselors. Speakers experienced in grief counseling are scheduled periodically. There is no charge for attendance. No registration is required. For additional information, call Barbara Paris in the Pastoral Care Department at 203-576-5110 or Marilyn Faber at 203-576-5716.

Additional resources can be found here: pregnancy loss resources
Private counseling recommendation: local, individual/couples care


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Survivors of Suicide Loss - Westport, CT 
This group is open to anyone who has lost someone to suicide. The group meets the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Mackenzie House (second house next to the church), 55 Myrtle Ave. in Westport (near Town Hall). Please contact Marilyn, 203-400-2453 or Diane, 203-380-0020 for more information.


Local grief organizations with varying programs, specializing in bereaved children:

Adam's House - Shelton, CT
The mission of The Adam Wysota Foundation is to offer grief education and peer support in a home-like setting called Adam’s House. We have restored the perfect location in Shelton, CT. Adam’s House is a safe, healing place for families as they go though their 8-week grief journey. Here, children and their families will gather to draw support from their peers and gain new strategies for dealing with their loss. We support children struggling with any type loss- parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle or friend. All programs are offered at NO-COST to participating families. Ultimately, our goal is to empower our program participants to cope with their loss so they may live their lives to the fullest. Call us at (203) 513-2808 to learn more and get started as one of our program families.

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Center for HOPE
590 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
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The Center for Hope offers a variety of programs for all ages for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Initial consultations take place before entering a group situation. 



The Cove Center For Grieving Children
Coordinating Office
250 Pomeroy Ave., Suite 107
Meriden, CT 06540
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The Cove provides family and school-based programs utilizing the peer support group concept for helping children, teens, and families work with their unresolved grief due to the death of someone significant in their lives and other traumatic losses. The Cove also provides professional development and training for adults working with children and teens.



The Den for Grieving Kids
Family Centers
40 Arch St.
Greenwich, CT 06830
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The Den For Grieving Kids provides a safe, caring place for children, teens, and families to explore their feelings about the loss of a family member or friend and begin the journey toward healing. Children and their families participate in groups led by professionals and trained volunteer facilitators. 



Children & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.

The following links provide more detailed information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss.

When Families Grieve™

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children's understanding of death and offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

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Helpful Children's Books

This list from Allina Health recommends children’s books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children of all ages, from preschool to age 12. They also have books for different types of losses, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them understand their feelings

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365 Days of Healing

With our daily emails of comfort and hope, you will feel supported knowing we’re here to walk with you through your journey of grief.

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Just One of Many

Here’s one example of our 365 Days of Healing emails, designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal.

Grief Support E-mail

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