Annual Appeal 



 We need your help today.
Please consider an end of year gift to support the work of The Cove Center for Grieving Children.
Our programs reach the four corners of the state, through direct services at our family sites, school and community support, training and Camp Erin CT. Your donation can help The Cove to provide "hope and healing" for grieving children and teens. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program to double the impact of your gift. 


This year we ask that donations be given to our Annual Appeal so that we can raise funds to increase our ability to serve more children and families in Connecticut.  Our long-term goal is to open two more Cove sites, but we cannot acccomplish this without dedicated support in place in advance so that we are able to fully fund our current sites and programs. 

 About The Cove:  We currently have 7 family sites in West Hartford, New Haven, Guilford, Meriden, Stonington, Easton (serving Fairfield County and Newtown) and East Hartford.   The Cove also provides Professional Development programming and community outreach as well as our "Good Grief" school program. We will partner with The Moyer Foundation to again offer Camp Erin CT for grieving children ages 6-17 years of age in June of 2018.

With your support we will continue to touch the lives of the children and families that we serve in meaningful ways, as demonstrated by the testimonials from several Cove families below.

 "When a loved one dies the whole world stops for a short while. Piles of casseroles overflow a grieving family’s kitchen, and helping hands reach out for tight hugs of sympathy. As time goes on however, casseroles get eaten and helping hands return back to their normal busy lives. For these people the world has begun turning again. The Cove is there for the families of which the world is still stopped. The Cove is there for the long haul to help a grieving family’s world start turning once again.”  
                                 - Kayla, former Cove kid and current volunteer facilitator

“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 angry, 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.”  

 “My children 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. We have developed great friendships 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.” 


“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 connecting us with others who related to our sadness. The Cove was a place for my children to meet others who have also experienced a profound loss and it gave them the feeling of belonging.”  
“The Cove is a place that is very effective in helping building and strengthening families. Where we can learn from other parents and kids and get guidance from facilitators.  It’s a place where my son is able to find friends when being a teen boy whose father has died can be torture in school… feeling so out of place, different and lonely.  At The Cove we can find hope, hope that we can endure, hope to make it as a single parent… and hope that my kids will maybe be ok after all that has happened.”  
“The program has been amazing... it is a "safe" place where the kids all have 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 as parents -  benefit so much by having this support group.”

These testimonials speak eloquently to the need to support our Family Cove sites. We also provide referrals, outreach, Professional Development Training and Cove “Good Grief” in schools programming. 

Your donation will help us support and expand our programs so we can serve more children and families in 2017-18. On behalf of the grieving children and families of The Cove, we thank you for your support.


Donors to Our Annual Appeal
FY 2017-18  THANK YOU!

Louise Albis
Mary Andersen in Memory of Ree Andersen
Michael and Shelley Barker
Francine Carland
Sandra Dawson
DAS Distribution Inc. in Memory of Melissa C. Galka
Ivelina Dean
Curtis Fisher
Anne Eisner
James and Mary Ann Emswiler
James and Elizabeth Engelhart
David Greenblatt
Alice Ivey
Mark Keenan
Adam Klug
Barbara and Bret Maffet
Shannon McKeon in Loving Memory of Trudy Daly
Debra Mella in Honor of Craig Pepin
Tom Morgan
Richard and Jeanne Pasquarelli in Memory of Marion Culhane
Dr. William Petit, Jr. in Memory of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit
Yannah Preta
Kelly Shepard
Robert Stanko
Harry Vega
Elizabeth Ann West
Mary and Gordon Whatley
Mary White