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.
One-on-One Bereavement Support
If you can’t make it to the CT support groups, or if you feel you need support between meetings, you may request a support provider who can speak to you via phone or e-mail. Please contact Hope After Loss directly if you are interested in one-on-one support.
203-782-4330 or email [email protected]
Online Video Support Groups
This group will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 7:30 - 9:00 PM.
You may access the online support groups on your phone, tablet or computer using a free google account! Please email [email protected] to receive an invitation to the group or if you have any questions!
Servicio solo disponible en línea
|Tipo de organización||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Categorías||Emotional Support, Financial, Medical, Mental Health, Trainings, Other|
|¿Servicios ofrecidos en Español?||No|
|¿Boletín de noticias?||No|
|¿Cuidado de niños disponible?||No|
|Rango de edad||Birth - 3, 15 - 21, 22 and up|
|Categorías de discapacidad||Developmental Disability, Genetic Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Medical Condition, Mental Health Disorder, Physical Disability|
|¿Esta organización se pertenece a todas discapacidades?||Yes|
|Esta organización se pertenece a estos diagnósticos|
|¿Es un servicio estatal?||Yes|
|Nombre del contacto||Ann Tramontana-Veno|
|Correo electrónico||[email protected]|
|Numero de teléfono||203-389-7399|