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Bereavement Support

In collaboration with our Palliative Care Service, the Bereavement Service at Yale New Haven Hospital provides care and support to families and friends following the loss of a loved one. Grief is a normal response to loss, but grief during the time of COVID is even more difficult when expectations and traditions cannot be met due to physical/social distancing.

YNHH Bereavement Services will be offering two Virtual Bereavement Seminars to provide education and support for understanding/managing your grief and honoring your loved one.

We will be offering four programs to help with understanding grief and learning to live life without a loved one. Due to social distancing all of our programs will be virtual. To help you choose which may be best for you, we have included descriptions for each topic:

Understanding and Managing Grief: How long am I going to feel like this?

We will discuss grief reactions, coping strategies, grief rituals and identify resources to help with support and healing. This program will be helpful for people whose schedule may not allow for participation in the support group.

COVID19 – Coping with the loss of your loved one

This seminar will provide education and support for understanding and managing the grief associated with losing a loved one from COVID19.

Hope for the Holidays

We will discuss ways to manage the holidays without your loved one, including handling expectations of the holiday season and sharing ideas for self-care.

General Bereavement Support Group

This is a six-week group to share and explore your grief. Each week will focus on a topic to help with healing and provide an opportunity for discussion. This group is for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, sibling, parent or other adult relationship.

If you would like to register please call 203-415-8940 or please email your name and telephone number to