Annual Appeal 



     "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul...." Emily Dickenson



We need your help today.
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 end of year gift can help The Cove to provide "hope and healing" for grieving children and teens. Your employer may even have a matching gift program to double the impact of your gift. 


 The Cove Center for Grieving Children is seeking your support so that we can fund our programs in Connecticut.  


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 on June 2-4, 2017.


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.


"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. On behalf of the grieving children and families of The Cove, we thank you for your support.


Donors to Our Annual Appeal
FY 2016-17 
Thank You! 


Our Annual Appeal was launched in late November 2016 and we thank those
generous individuals and organizations who have contributed thus far.

Marjorie M. Adler
Stephan Albanese
Melinda Alcosser
Rachael Alford
Mary Andersen in Memory of Louise Gallinoto
Anonymous in Honor of The West Hartford Cove
Phyllis Annunziata in Memory of Ashley Parker and Kirsten Meyer
Joseph Barker Enterprises
Michael and Shelley Barker
Amy J. Barry in Memory of Bruce E. Wetjen
Beth Biondi
Richard and Dawn Borecki
Lauren Bowers through Great NonProfits
Linda Brogan
Joan D. Cahill, LCSW in Memory of John Ivers
Campaigne Kestner Architects
Arnold and Carolyn Cary in Honor of Mary Ann and James Emswiler
Central Sealing Company
Bruce and Susan Clinton in Memory of our Parents
Lorraine Cloutier in Memory of George Cloutier 
Gordon and Marjorie Cohen
Nann Cooke
Louis and Betty Lou Cortigiano 
Shawn Cowper
Joshua and Alix Copel
William and Sharon Crain for The Guilford Cove
William and Tara Dahill in Memory of Bill and Betty Dahill
Alexandra Daitch
Ramzi Dagher in Memory of Grace Dagher
DAS Distribution Inc. in Memory of Melissa C. Galka
Richard and Eileen Davis
Maria DellaPorta in Honor of The Meriden Cove
The Yvette and Arthur Eder Charitable Foundation
Anne Eisner in Memory of Matthew Aaron Levine
James and Mary Ann Emswiler
John Ertle and Lori Tausta in Memory of John Fragola 
Carol Flament
Kathryn Flodquist
Claudia Frankenberg
Sondra Aponte-Garcia in Memory of Elliot I. Garcia, Jr.
Alison Gaudet, M.D.  in Memory of Angelika Cote
Dale and Adrienne Gervais
David Greenblatt
Ann Grubb
Guilford Racquet Club
Eric and Dianne Halvorson in Honor of Val Cordiano
Mitchell and Linda Hirsch
The Holistic Nine Yards
Cary Hull
The JJK Foundation
Jane Johnson in Memory of Jaret Kulmann
Susan Keefe in Memory of Joseph F. Kelly Jr.
Frank Kenna
Adam Klug
Frank LaDore and Family through Giving Tuesday
Robert Laraia
Jon and Nancy Leckerling in Honor of The Farmer-Etzels!
Kenneth and Joanne Levy
Geoff Liggett
Marilyn Lindmark
Apryle Marazzi
Nicola Mastracchio in Memory of Toni Mastracchio
Catherine Mastroianni
Edward J. McAuley, Jr.
Cathy McInerney
Bruce and Renee McIntyre through Giving Tuesday
Fred Milanovich
Joanne and Stephen Miller in Memory of Doreen Johnson
Richard L. Minton
Benjamin Moore
Charles Mitchell
Murphy and Company, CPA's
Catherine Neagle in Memory of Jamie Saxton
Donna Nickdow
New London Telephone Community Services Fund Eastern Region
The North Guilford Congregational Church of The United Church of Christ
Amy M. Nulsen
Maria O'Brien
Cathy Plona
John F. Porto in Memory of Lorenzo Cucciniello
William and Maria Pustari in Memory of Rowland Mike
Michael and Nancy Rohde
Sean Rotermund
Kathleen Sauer
William Schmedlin
Caroline Schmidt in Honor of Olivia Saxton
Walter and Lois Schultz
Lynn Sedlak
Paul Serenbetz
Caroline Silva through Give With Liberty on behalf of Caroline Higgins
Joseph Skonieczny in Memory of Lelani Skonieczny
Anne Stamatakis in Memory of Margaret Norma Hughes
Robert Stanko
Dennis and Kim Starr
Steiner Family in Memory of Erwin B. Steiner
Timothy Suydan through Give With Liberty on behalf of Carolyn, Danielle and Kathryn Spotts
Ian Taylor
Douglas and Karen Van Dyke
Phil Vogel through Give with Liberty
Greg Walker
James and Martha Warner
Waterford Charitable Foundation
Mary K. White
Brenda Zambrello