Annual Appeal 












You may recall 2018 at The Cove was the year of “Understanding.” 

Over the past twelve months artwork created by children at our seven Cove sites, our programs, and community outreach incorporated this theme.  Understanding the extent and impact of grief on children and their families is essential to convey the scope of our work; 1 in 5 children will experience the death of a loved one by the age of 18.  

We are grateful for our friends - like you - who understand and believe in our work.  Thank You.  

“Sharing” is The Cove's theme for 2019.  Sharing is not only relevant at the holiday season; it is a pillar of The Cove's mission.  Our peer-support model requires grieving children and families “to share their stories.”
Sharing - essential to healing - is at the heart of The Cove experience. Volunteers share the gifts of time and caring.  Educators and professionals share their knowledge and expertise. Individuals share the gift of generosity.

In this spirit, we proudly share our accomplishments with you. Last year nearly 2,000 people relied on The Cove:
   - 543 individuals joined our Family Program
   - 99 campers attended Camp Erin Connecticut
   - 45 individuals benefitted from new Cove in Schools groups
   - 70 volunteers received training and all contributed 14,000+ hours
   - and we fielded 1,200 referrals and outreach event engagements

As you know, The Cove's services for children and their families are provided free of charge. 

The Cove's ability to respond to those who turn to us depends on caring and committed individuals like you.  And, it is your personal support which truly makes our work possible. Thank You.

Today, I invite you to share the 'gift of generosity' by making your contribution to The Cove's 2018 Annual Appeal. 

Your gift will be used wisely, and I assure you it will change the life of a grieving child.  

Every gift in every amount – especially yours – fosters our mission.  Please, give as generously as you can to ensure healthy life changing outcomes for grieving children and teens.

May your holiday season be blessed with hope and healing.

In gratitude,

Mary Andersen,  Executive Director    


PS: Will you please consider sharing your own story?   Why or how you became involved with, or benefitted from The Cove may encourage others to do the same. Visit us at

Here is a testimonial from a former Cove kid who shared his Cove story:

My father, Edward Riccio, passed away ten years ago.  'Eddy' was only 46 years old. I was six years old and my sister, Rosie, was ten. It was The Cove that helped us navigate the grieving process. I was in kindergarten and having a hard time making it through the day when my teacher recommended The Cove to my Mom. Twice a month we would meet with other families and talk. We'd share – as a group – how losing our loved one was affecting each of us differently. The kids in our age group did activities together.  That's when I realized I wasn't alone and that there were other kids - just like me – who lost a parent and knew what it was like to not have your Dad by your side at school and sporting events. The Cove took us from barely surviving to thriving!  Today I'm a Junior at Guilford High School and my sister Rosie is an E-4 Hospital Corpsman on the U.S.S. O'Kane.     ---Dominic Riccio - Former Cove kid

We ask for your support of 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 2019.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 2018-19. On behalf of the grieving children and families of The Cove, we thank you for your support.

Check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program to double the impact of your gift. 


Donors to Our Annual Appeal
FY 2018-19  THANK YOU!