The Hospital-wide Bereavement Support Program provides each family which experiences the loss of a loved one:
  • A comprehensive resource packet of bereavement information
  • Follow-up correspondence at designated intervals up to one year after the loss
  • Access to resource materials on this web site
  • Short-term grief counseling by telephone or office visit
  • Invitations to all Hartford Hospital programs involving education on grief and bereavement, support groups and an annual memorial service.
Call 860-972-2290 for more information.
Bereavement Support Groups:
  • Bereavement Support Group and Grief Education
    This group is open to any person who has experienced the loss of a loved one. You are welcome to attend as few or as many as you like; this is a continuous group and is for the purpose of on-going support. The group is facilitated by 2 chaplains from VNA Hospice and Hartford Hospital.
    Click here for times and locations
Specialized Bereavement Support Programs Include: 
  • Bereavement Support Group in Spanish (Grupo de Apoyo a los Enlutados)
    Open to Spanish-speaking families and caregivers who have lost a loved one.
    Click here for more information
  • The Trauma Support Aftercare Program 
    Offered by referral for the families of victims of sudden death. Trained volunteers contact families by phone at specific intervals for individualized immediate and long-term support.
    Contact: Heide Weise, 860-972-5418
  • The Donor Family Services Program
    Offered to donor family members. This service includes the resources of a bereavement specialist, frequent contact by cards, letters, notes and telephone calls; grief literature, newsletter and annual education and sharing sessions. For more information regarding organ donation, click here. 
    Contact: Life Choice Donor Services, Pam McGee, AS, CPTC, 860-286-3120 or 1-800-874-5215
  • The Oncology Services Program
    Offers a comprehensive follow-up program that includes bereavement literature and an Annual Memorial Service.
    Contact: 860-545-0430