Bereavement Support

Hartford Hospital is committed to providing compassionate care to families and friends who grieve the loss of a loved one. Grief is a normal emotional response following a loss.

The more attached we are to someone, the greater our grief response will be. When we become separated from someone we love, our grief can be very powerful and cause a number of physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms. It is important to remember that each of us grieves differently and experiences our own reactions and challenges following a death.

When to Seek Professional Help

The following is a list of symptoms and indicators of grief. While many of these are normal, persistent symptoms need to be taken seriously.

  • If you are always feeling exhausted, anxious, suicidal, depressed, helpless, experiencing uncontrollable anger, insomnia or stressed-out
  • If you are withdrawing from family and friends, work, school, etc.
  • If you are becoming dependent on drugs or alcohol
  • If you have little desire to get involved in activities you once enjoyed
  • If you find that any of these are true for you, we suggest you consider seeking professional help. 

Support Services & Programs

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.

Bereavement Support Group
This group is open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. You are welcome to attend at any stage of your grief for initial and ongoing support. No registration is required. The group is facilitated by Hartford HealthCare chaplains and social workers. Meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Monday of the month, 1:00-2:15 p.m. at Hartford Hospital, Jefferson Building Room 116. If you have any questions, please contact Spiritual Care at 860.972.2290.

Specialized Bereavement Support Programs

The Trauma Support Aftercare Program
Offered by referral for the families of victims of sudden death.
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. 

Contact: Life Choice Donor Services, Pam McGee, AS, CPTC, 860.286.3120 or 1.800.874.5215

Bereavement Support Contacts

Family Donor Services

Bereavement Support Resource Guide

Bereavement Resource GuidePlease accept our deepest sympathy in the death of your loved one. We, the Hartford Hospital Staff, want you to know that our hearts go out to you in your loss. We want you to know that the care of our patients includes the care and support of their family and friends. Although the path of grief is one we each experience in our own way, this Bereavement Resource Guide is offered as a means of providing further support to you.

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