Grief Support Programs


Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group

We are a group of survivors, together to offer support, comfort, and understanding. Our group provides an atmosphere of acceptance for exploring feelings that are often not understood by others. It offers a chance to share helpful resources, and to provide and receive support through the long grief process. The groups are facilitated by a peer trained through the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Survivor of Suicide Loss facilitator training.

Meetings are on the 1st and the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8pm in Old Lyme. Please check our calendar for details.

Loss of a Spouse/Partner

The loss of a spouse/partner Is often one of the hardest losses we will encounter. Our lives turn upside down. You ask yourself, “How will I survive and feel all alone.” You are not alone.  The Brian Dagle Foundation is offering two safe and private supportive group for the loss of a spouse or partner with others who understand this loss. The groups are peer to peer support with a trained facilitator.
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 10-11:3am or the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 6:30-8pm.

Bereaved Parents USA       https://www.bereavedparentsusa.org/

The loss of a child is a loss like no other. Isolation, guilt, fear and anger are just some of the emotions parents’ experience. This free support group allows for the feelings to be validated and understood by others experiencing the loss of a child. Parents and Grandparents are invited to join us. 

This group meets the 3rd Tuesday each month from 6:30-8pm in Niantic. Please check our calendar for details.

Young Adult Grief Support Group

The young adult grief support group for ages 18-29 is for any individual who has experienced the death of a relative, partner, or friend. Based on a peer support group model, the group is an opportunity to meet with other people who are dealing with the various and at times overwhelming range of reactions we can experience after the death of someone we love. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm.

Private Grief Counseling Sessions

As Certified Grief Counselor, Ann offers the model of Companioning the Griever as taught by her mentor and grief expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Grief is not an illness and should not be treated as one. We cannot fix the griever however we can companion them.

With that in mind, Ann sits and listens to the individual who is grieving the loss of a loved one and validates their feelings of confusion, isolation, guilt, anger, or fear as she often tells them they are not going crazy but they are grieving.  Ann appropriately shares her experience of loss and hope towards healing a broken heart.

For more information and to register, please call Ann at 860-451-8354 or email ann@brianshealinghearts.org.

All Support Groups and Counseling Sessions are free. Donations are accepted.