Program offered in Cheshire and Meriden aims to help children grieving from pandemic losses



CHESHIRE – The Cove Center for Grieving Children is offering a free program to help youngsters who have lost a close family member, due to the pandemic, cope with the experience.

“Confronting COVID” will commence next month and provide support through a variety of activities geared towards healing.

The Cove Center for Grieving Children has five locations throughout the state, including a branch in Cheshire at 1113 South Main St., Suite A. The other sites are in Guilford, New Haven, West Hartford and Meriden.

A non-profit, The Cove Center provides direct services to families who have experienced the death of a loved one. The Cove has been in operation for 27 years and also provides outreach services to communities and schools, as well as virtual programs for teens, young adults and male caregivers. 

Now The Cove is offering services to families who have experienced a close family death due to COVID-19. Since COVID-19 was first tracked, more than 11,000 people in Connecticut have died due to the virus or related complications.  The eight-week session begins Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children will attend four of the sessions. Caregivers will attend all sessions.  

An application is required. 

“The Cove Center for Grieving Children understands the impact COVID related deaths has had on so many families here in Connecticut. We are here to support those families,” said COVE’s Executive Director Allison Gamber. “We are grateful to the Brave of Heart Fund, Foundation of New York Life and Cigna for funding this new program.”

The “Confronting COVID” program will run for eight weeks and include a combination of activities. These might include music, art, dance, and peer-to-peer discussions.

Death from COVID-19 can result in a variety of impacts on the grief process, according to Gamber. Using a wide range of modalities, the program is designed to support and help heal grieving families.

“As part of the intake process, we will ask the families what kinds of activities they enjoy. This will allow them to have some control over this process,” she said. 

A facilitator with The Cove, Rosemary Huber, a licensed profressional counselor, said, "I hope families that participate in the ‘Confronting COVID’ program will find comfort in community. COVID-19 has impacted so many, by coming together to talk about the death of a loved one, families can learn about the grief process and leave the group with not only a better understanding of grief, but an action plan on how to move forward. Life will never be the same, but we can learn to live with grief and joy side by side.”   

This program will be held at The Cove’s office in Cheshire and is open to all Connecticut residents. There is no charge. Interested families can complete an application at covect.org. Call 203-634-0500 for more information.   



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