In collaboration with our Palliative Care Service, the Bereavement Service at Yale New Haven Hospital will be offering two virtual bereavement seminars for those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. The seminars are designed to provide education and support to those dealing with grief during an unprecedented time.
When will the seminars be held?
Seminars will be held Wednesday, June 10 from 5 - 7 pm, Tuesday, July 7 from 9:30 - 11:30 am, and Tuesday, August 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. There may be additional seminars in the future with the goal of eventually holding meetings in person once it’s safe to do so.
Who will host the seminars?
The seminars will be hosted by Andrea Lucibello, LCSW and Kelly Ford, LCSW. Both Lucibello and Ford are clinical social workers who host other bereavement support groups associated with Yale New Haven Health.
Are the seminars free?
Yes. This is a service provided for family members of patients at Yale New Haven Health as well as for members of the community.
How do I participate?
If you would like to register, call 203-415-8940 or email your name and telephone number to email@example.com. Once you call or email, you will have a conversation with Lucibello or Ford to discuss your particular circumstances. When you register, you will receive information about how to call in to the virtual seminar.
How can a bereavement support group help me?
Managing grief is an ongoing process. Attending a seminar or support group can help people who have lost a loved one feel that they’re not alone. Oftentimes in these groups, attendees have a difficult time participating in the beginning. But over time, it can become easier to open up.
What can I expect from a bereavement support group?
This is a safe space to talk about your feelings and experience commonality with others. This type of group will teach people how to understand and manage their grief. There is no quick fix for grief and getting support can help people through that process.
How will these seminars be different from other bereavement support groups?
Deaths associated with COVID-19 have been sudden and unexpected. Families may not have had time to say goodbye to their loved one in a way that feels right. There are a lot of unanswered questions about this virus and in some scenarios, families may have lost multiple family members. These seminars aim to address these complicated scenarios.
What if you don’t feel comfortable reaching out for help?
Lucibello suggests sending an email first and they will reach out to you. When dealing with grief, sometimes the biggest barrier to reaching out is simply making that first call to sign up for a support group or seminar. “It takes great courage to pick up the phone,” Lucibello said.
Learn more about bereavement services.
Call 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644).
Yale New Haven Health is offering a call center for patients and the community who have questions about COVID-19. Healthcare professionals from the health system are available to answer your specific questions 7 days a week, 7 am – 7 pm.
Yale New Haven Health includes Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Westerly Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, which includes Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, and Northeast Medical Group.