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Bereavement Program

“Comfort is….. knowing those who have lived in our hearts are never really gone. As long as we keep them with us, in our hearts and our thoughts, they will be with us always”  S.E. MacNaughton

Bereavement Services

Grief is a normal and natural human response to any type of loss, and it can be comprised of a variety of emotions, and can be overwhelming. It is difficult to predict the grief process, as it is a unique experience for every individual.

At Connecticut Hospice, we understand that grief can be complex, that there is no formula or timetable. We offer a variety of bereavement support services to help loved ones of our hospice patients.
Flowers from a Memorial Service at The Connecticut Hospice
Arts Bereavement Love and Remembrance rocks Memorial Service

What is Bereavement?

Bereavement is a term used to describe the period of mourning following the loss of a loved one. The mourning period can last for weeks, months or years.

Bereavement can also accompany other losses, such as decline in one’s health or diagnosis of a terminal illness.

Bereavement Support Services

Our bereavement program at Connecticut Hospice offers support services for our patient’s families and friends for a minimum of 13 months following the loss of their loved one. We offer bereavement support groups, individual counseling sessions, education, informational mailings throughout the year, community referrals, phone support and an Annual Memorial Service.

Bereavement services are free of cost for the friends and family who have had a loved one pass away while enrolled in hospice care through Connecticut Hospice. 

All group sessions will take place at Connecticut Hospice located at 100 Double Beach Rd in Branford, CT.  Bereavement support group schedules change throughout the year, and the type of groups vary. 




The CT Hospice Bereavement Department would like to share the following links as a way to further lend Bereavement and Grief support during this difficult time as we adhere to the COVID-19 pandemic recommendations of social distancing.

Video of Dr. Kessler Speaking on Grief During COVID-19

Free Facebook Grief Support Group is a Helpful Grief Resource 

Surviving the Holiday Support Group

Loss Of a Child Grief Support

Location: The CT Hospice at Branford, 100 Double Beach Road, CT, Branford

Facilitator: Mary Ann Trocchio, RN, BA, CDp
For registration call:

Support Session Schedule

Due to latest COVID surge, all in-person bereavement support services are on hold until further notice.  For questions or concerns, please call number below.  

Location: Branford: The Connecticut Hospice

Monday, November 15th, 2021 - Afternoon session: 2:00pm-3:30pm and Evening session: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 - Evening session: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Monday, December 6th, 2021 - Evening session: 5:30pm -7pm

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 - Afternoon session: 1pm -2pm

Family grief support - Monday, November 22nd, 2021 - First session: 1pm- 2pm, Second session: 5pm- 6pm

Location: Assisted Living Facility Group Session (Please call for more information on the location)

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 - Session Time: 10am – 4pm

Location:  Fairfield County Group Session (Please call for more information on the location)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 - Session Time: 4pm-7pm

For registration, please call 203-315-7687 or 203-315-7544

Contact Admissions

Admissions may be scheduled seven days a week.
Call our Centralized Intake Department: (203) 315-7540.

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