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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services

Mission: The mission of The Cove Center for Grieving Children is "to provide hope and healing for grieving children and teens."

Results: Over 32,000 children in CT are grieving the death of a loved one, and the need for supportive services continues to grow statewide. The Cove has provided services to hundreds of families in CT during the past 17 years. The Cove added a new site last year in Stonington CT, and due to increased demand is hoping to open a new site in the Greater Hartford region in the future.

Target demographics: The Cove provides services to children throughout the state of CT at our 5 Cove Family Sites in West Hartford, New Haven, Guilford, Meriden and Stonington, CT. We also provide professional development, Cove in Schools and Community Outreach throughout the state.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200

Geographic areas served: State of Connecticut

Programs: The Cove Family Program, "Good Grief" Schools Program, Community Outreach, and Professional Development Traiing.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My two young children and I were one of the first families at the Cove. It was wonderful to be able to be with other families and share experiences together. The children each received care appropriate to their age, and I met with other parents - now alone too. At the end of each meeting we did a family activity which helped our communication and grieving. We still have a box with some of the items we made. My daughter appreciated the care so much she became a facilitator when she was in High School many years later to help grieving children like her.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Cove is an important organization. It helps hundreds of families cope with loss. My children have been going for 1 1/2 years. I will never know what the impact the Cove has had on them, but they are healthy and looking forward to next year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended The Cove for over three years. The Cove provided the comfort and support we needed during a very difficult time as well as connected us with others who related our sadness. The Cove was a place for my children to meet others who have also experienced a profound loss it gave them the feeling of belonging. The Volunteers are sensitive , loving compassionate people who are trained in dealing with children and grief. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to learn how to support their children after the loss of a parent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most people can not imagine the pain that a family suffers when a loved one is taken too early in life. Thank goodness there are organizations like the Cove that offer a professional way to deal with the loss and grieving process. The Cove has got it all! They are true professionals in this area and they are amazing! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cove has been a wonderful addition to our family and helping my 2 children cope, deal and understand the death of their father. They were both very young when e passed, 4 1/2 years old and 1 week away from turning 2. It has helped us open the doors for better communication and understanding of our different stages of grief and opened our hearts and lives to a wonderful new support system. Every Sunday there is the excitement of heading to The Cove and seeing our new friends and the anticipation of what the activities will be. Over the past 6 months I have seen my children grow in their understanding and acceptance of not having their Dad with us. I have also seen their bravery and self confidence grow with who they are becoming. I'm proud of them and admire their strength more each day. It is partly due to workers at The Cove that have helped in understanding of their grief. Having the knowledge that The Cove will be a continued part of our lives give us all so much comfort and strength. Thank you to you all!

Kjirsti N.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Our 6 year old son has really benefited from making friends with other children who have had loved ones die. After his little brother died he was very anger but has now learned to deal with his anger in good ways. The Cove has also been a good resource for my husband and I in learning how children deal with grief and how to help them through it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband, and the father of my kids, was killed by a drunk driver 5 years ago. Two years ago, I started taking my children to The Cove. They had always felt "different" from their friends because they did not have a dad. The Cove helped them to see that they were not weird or alone. The activities my children participate in, at The Cove, allow them to express their feelings about their father's death. We have developed great freindships with the other families and I feel happy that my children have a place that can support them through their grief. We LOVE The Cove and the good work they do for so many families.

Luanne G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband died in 2008 when our children were 9 and 7. The Cove became our home away from home two Sunday evenings each month> the children were surrounded by caring volunteers and insightful, understanding peers. As a new widow I was able to connect with and learn from a peer group of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster parents of other children experiencing grief in all its stages. Through crafts, games, and shared meals, we drew strength from one another as we created new lives from loss. Even a field trip to a funeral home became a positive experience.On a Sunday evening in November, we celebrated Thanksgiving with photos of our loved ones and favorite dishes. Even when the kids just played basketball together or sat side by side drawing there was comfort in knowing of our shared past experiences. The environment that the volunteers and facilitators helped to create was one of warmth and caring.

Maria32

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is 13 and her dad died after a Debilitating illness, 5 years ago. When the Cove set up a program in our area 2 years ago, we were happy to join and try it out. The program has been amazing...it's a "safe" place where the kids all have a loss and grief in common. They can express themselves freely without fear of being again the "different" one. They learn about ways to honor the memory of their missing loved one while moving on with their own lives. The volunteers are all so energetic and caring, they really enjoy helping others.. There is such a need for this service in the community and these kids-and us parents- benefit so much by having this support group.