Bereavement Support Groups
For more information about
these groups, please call
Bill Pilkington at
Jefferson Building, Rm. 116
2nd and 4th Monday
Call (860) 545-2290 for more information
For more information on the groups listed below, please call (860)493-7328.
Riverfront Community Center
300 Welles St.
1st and 3rd Wednesday
MidState Medical Center
435 Lewis Avenue
2nd and 4th Tuesday
1 John H. Stewart Dr.
2nd and 4th Tuesday
Elmwood Community Center
1106 New Britain Avenue
1st and 3rd Thursday
VNA HealthCare is a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans partner, VNA HealthCare holds ongoing veteran-centered education for its staff and volunteers to help improve the care we provide to the veterans we proudly serve.
A Special Kind of Care
The diagnosis of a life threatening illness can have a profound effect on both patients and families, and there is no prescribed or easy way to cope with it. At VNA Health Care we understand how terminal illness affects lives and we believe that whenever possible, care can and should be provided in the home where patients can be surrounded by loved ones.
VNA Health Care Hospice and Palliative care focuses on quality of life and providing compassionate care to patients and families as they journey through this unfamiliar territory.
Hospice is a philosophy.
Hospice is often described as comfort care. Its emphasis is on the whole person and focuses on physical comfort and emotional and spiritual support rather than a cure.
Palliative care improves quality of life.
Whatever stage of illness or recovery a patient may be experiencing, palliative care can help reduce discomfort and ease anxiety. A team of experienced professionals supports the patient and family through treatment processes, and if necessary, with a smooth transition to Hospice.
The VNA Health Care Hospice Team provides a continuum of care.
With teamwork and collaboration between a variety of professionals, our hospice services can assess physical status, manage symptoms, assist with personal care and offer emotional and spiritual support. Care is always under the direction of the patientís personal physician.
The Hospice team includes:
- The patientís physician to oversee medical care
- Hospice medical director for consultation
- Medical social workers for counseling
- Hospice nurses to coordinate and provide care
- Home health aides to assist with personal care
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
- Pharmacist to consult on pain management
- Dietitian to ensure proper nutrition
- Non-denominational spiritual support
- Specially trained volunteers to relieve family members, visit or help with errands
- Bereavement care to support grieving families.
Call VNA Health Care for more information on Hospice.
Throughout Connecticut, dial:
For calls outside of Connecticut, dial: