Grief & Bereavement

We know your connection to Hartford Hospital does not end at the time of death. We are committed to providing compassionate care throughout your grief process. Grief is a normal emotional response following a loss.

When we experience loss, 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.

Hartford HealthCare Resources

  • A comprehensive resource packet of bereavement information available on this website
  • Follow-up correspondence one month after the death
  • One-on-one bereavement consultation via the telephone or office visit (Call us at 860.972.2290)
  • Invitations to all Hartford Hospital programs involving education on grief and bereavement, support groups and an annual memorial service.

Hartford HealthCare Groups and Programs

You are welcome to attend any of these groups at any stage of your grief for initial and ongoing support. No registration is required. The groups are facilitated by Hartford HealthCare chaplains and social workers.

  • Hartford Hospital: meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Monday of the month, 1:00-2:15 p.m. at the Jefferson Building Room 116. If you have any questions, please contact us at 860.972.2290.

When to Seek Professional Help

While there are normal reactions to grief, persistent symptoms that interfere with your ability to engage in everyday life need to be taken seriously. If you find that any of these are true for you, we suggest you consider seeking professional help.

  • If you are always feeling exhausted, anxious, 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

How to Seek Professional Help

  • Connect with previous therapists or mental health providers
  • Reach out to your primary care physician
  • Connect with a faith leader
  • Call our bereavement line (860.972.2290)
  • If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm or harm to others, please reach out to your primary care physician or call 911 in an emergency.

Bereavement Support Contacts