Welcome to our Support Center

Hope After Loss offers Peer-led Bereavement Support Groups

 

We hold free peer-to-peer support group meetings in Connecticut each month for women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. These meetings provide the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar losses. We foster a welcoming and inclusive environment where women and men who have experienced the loss of a baby can freely share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences while supporting each other. There is no judgment at our meetings: only understanding, compassion, and respect.

Each of our support group meetings is led by either trained volunteer facilitators who have themselves experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant or professional perinatal loss counselors. All of our groups are drop-in groups: new participants are always welcome, and you may attend as many or as few meetings as you like.

To join a group, simply come to a meeting. You may come by yourself, with your partner, with a relative, or with a friend. There is never any pressure to speak; you may come to a meeting just to listen.

Though most people feel nervous before their first support group meeting, nearly everyone is glad they came. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings. Please find the current schedule here.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Groups

Our Loss groups are open to anyone who has lost a pregnancy or infant, no matter when your loss occurred. You may attend as many meetings each month as you like.


Second Thursday of the month
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Hope After Loss at
Community Health Center
635 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Parking is on the street, or there is parking behind the building.

Please RSVP to info@hopeafterloss.org by noon the day of the meeting

Second Thursday of the month
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Hope After Loss at the
St. John’s Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119
Please park behind the church and use the entrance with the ramp on S. Highland St
Please RSVP to info@hopeafterloss.org by noon the day of the meeting

Third Thursday of the month

July 20 and August 17, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Hope After Loss at the
First Congregational Church house
122 Broad Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Meetings held in 1st floor library room of the mustard-colored house next to the church.  Corner of Broad and State Street. Enter through side door on State Street.

Fourth Monday of the month
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Hope After Loss at
United Methodist Church
165 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840
Please enter through the rear of the building and the meeting room is to the left off the foyer.
Please RSVP to info@hopeafterloss.org by noon the day of the meeting

New Haven Support Group’s Change in Location 6/29/17
Our New Haven Support Group location change begins June 29, 2017.


First Thursday
 of the month

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
United Church on the Green –  In the Bradley Room
270 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Please park close to the church building and away from the sidewalk. Additional parking is available on Wall St. and Temple St. in the propark parking lot adjacent to the UCG Parish House. View the following images and map. Any questions, please contact Amber Smiley, Program Manager at ambers@hopeafterloss.org.  

Subsequent Pregnancy Group

If you are thinking about trying to conceive, trying to conceive, or pregnant again following a loss, this group is especially for you. *This meeting will run by RSVP only. Please call 203-389-7399 or email ambers@hopeafterloss.org by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting if you would like to attend.

Last Thursday of the month
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
United Church on the Green –  In the Bradley Room
270 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Please park close to the church building and away from the sidewalk. Additional parking is available on Wall St. and Temple St. in the propark parking lot adjacent to the UCG Parish House. View the following images and map. Any questions, please contact Amber Smiley, Program Manager at ambers@hopeafterloss.org.  

** Dates and times of all meetings are subject to change, especially if a regular meeting date falls on a holiday. Please visit our website prior to each meeting to confirm the date and time; last-minute schedule changes are posted on the Home page. **

One-on-One Bereavement Support

If you can’t make it to one of our support groups, or if you feel you need support between meetings, we can connect you with a support provider who can speak to you via phone or e-mail. Please contact us if you are interested in one-on-one support.