Hope After Loss, formerly the Hygeia Foundation, was founded in 1995 by Michael R. Berman, M.D., then an attending obstetrician at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a clinical professor of obstetrics at Yale University’s School of Medicine. The original mission of the organization was to provide support via the internet to women and families who had experienced pregnancy loss or neonatal death. Over time, the website connected a community of over 24,000 registered users. It was the first support network of its kind led by a physician.
For several years, these support services remained primarily online. In 2007, Hope After Loss made a major leap forward as an organization and began offering in-person bereavement support through a monthly peer-led support group in New Haven, Connecticut, for women and men who had experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant. This support group, and many other new initiatives, came about after the formation of the Parent Advisory Board, which initially consisted of five women who had each lost a baby. Over the next few years, the members of the Parent Advisory Board – which eventually grew to fifteen members – acted as volunteer staff members of the organization, taking on tasks as varied as setting yearly goals for the organization, recruiting volunteers, and hosting fundraisers.
Following the success of the initial support group, two members of the Parent Advisory Board, who had created a training program for support group facilitators, began training additional facilitators so that Hope After Loss could launch support groups in new locations. Quickly Hope After Loss was able to expand the reach of their groups within Connecticut, and were also able to offer widespread one-on-one support via email and phone, a bereavement resource lending library, and many other services. As they expanded their Bereavement Support program, they also established a Burial Assistance program as well as Outreach and Educational Programs for Professionals.
Today, three programs form the core of the organization. The work is led by two staff members, who oversee a strong volunteer corps. The Parent Advisory Board has evolved into the board of directors, which now governs our organization. Together, Hope After Loss is committed to helping families who have experienced the terrible loss of a pregnancy or infant.
Online Only Service
|Type of Organization||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Categories||Emotional Support, Financial, Medical, Mental Health, Trainings, Other|
|Spanish Services Offered?||No|
|Child Care Available?||No|
|Age Range||All ages, Birth - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 11, 12 - 14, 15 - 21, 22 and up|
|Disability Categories||Developmental Disability, Genetic Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Medical Condition, Mental Health Disorder, Physical Disability|
|This organization pertains to all disabilities?||Yes|
|This organization pertains to these specific diagnoses|
|Is this a statewide service?||Yes|
|Contact Name||Ann Tramontana-Veno|