Providing hope and healing for grieving children/teens and their families, and training the professionals who work with them.
The Cove serves the entire state of Connecticut through our Cove Satellite sites in Meriden, New Haven, Guilford, East Hartford, West Hartford,Stonington, and Easton serving Newtown/Fairfield County CT. The Cove also provides “Good Grief” school programming, statewide community outreach and professional development training for facilitators, school psychologists, teachers, social workers and other individuals working with grieving children. We recently added a new program "Pathways to Healing" for grieving 18-25 year olds.
For over twenty years, The Cove has provided programs that have helped children and their families deal with the grieving process. These support initiatives were designed to create a positive change with real results. Our results include; helping children understand the grieving process, how to communicate openly, how to ask for help, how to avoid the negative effects of unresolved childhood grief and, most importantly, to help them understand they are supported and served in a safe and healing environment. We help children understand that within each of them is the capacity to heal. We promote continuous safeguards against depression, drug and sexual addictions, delinquency, increase in school dropout rates, nonproductive behavior, suicide and other detrimental outcomes of unresolved grief. We help children identify and eliminate obstacles that might hinder them in their healing process. We also help parents and caretakers in understanding their own grief and how to appropriately support their children's grieving and healing processes.
The Cove’s child-focused, family support groups (based on a peer support model) provides a consistent, safe and nurturing atmosphere where families share their grief experiences and find strength and hope in the face of the sweeping disruption of life that occurs in all areas of a survivor’s life. The Cove is a valuable asset to the community that provides a lifeline to families in trauma.
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The Cove Family Program at our 7 satellite sites in Meriden, West Hartford, East Hartford, New Haven, Guilford, Easton serving Newtown/Fairfield County and Stonington, CT is a 20 week program held in 2-3 hour sessions.
Adult Groups: At the same time that children are participating in peer groups, surviving caretakers meet separately with the Site Director to learn how to support their children's grief process. In addition, a family activity focused on some aspect of grief is provided to them to share with their children. This phase of the Family Program encourages open communication about the person who has died so that the children feel they can openly express their feelings to their family both at The Cove and in the home environment.
What Parents are saying about the Program:
Cove Site Directors and volunteer facilitators also present the“Good Grief” in Schools Program to children and teens ages 5- 13 at school sites throughout the state of Connecticut. At the school sites, directors of school social work and guidance departments participate in a half day training module for school members interested in facilitating groups. We then train counselors, social workers and psychologists in school social work and guidance departments to develop expertise in delivering an eight-week grief and healing program at their schools. After completing Cove training, school professionals will feel ready to deliver the Good Grief school program independently, or with the assistance of a Cove trained facilitator if preferred.
Mary Andersen has over 20 years experience as a nonprofit executive in children’s and cultural organizations including the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport, CT, Soundview Community Television, The Children’s Museum of San Diego and The San Diego Archaeological Center. She brings a passion for children's issues and is dedicated to programming excellence and growth of Cove services for CT's grieving children and teens.
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