Caring Connections

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A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program

Caring Connections is a hope and comfort in grief program that was established in 1997 by Beth Cole, PhD, and is a program of the University of Utah College of Nursing.

Caring Connections offers a variety of grief support groups throughout the year, each tailored to a specific kind of loss. The groups are eight weeks in length and are facilitated by expert clinicians in the fields of social work, nursing, counseling and psychology. Group size is kept small to allow each person to fully participate in the group discussion. The focus of the groups is on “adjusting to the death of a family member or close friend”. Through education and support from group leaders, and by sharing with others experiencing grief, we hope participants will grow in their walk through grief. 

Educational programs for both professionals and members of the community provided by Caring Connections include “Grief and the Holidays”, our annual “Seeds of Remembrance” event and several programs for professionals.

Please contact us with questions about grief and loss, grief support groups, referral to grief counseling, educational programs and materials or to receive our newsletter.


To provide excellent evidence-based bereavement care to grieving persons in the intermountain west through clinician facilitated support groups, with particular attention to the care of families served by the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics; and, in keeping with the academic mission of the University and the College of Nursing, to provide opportunity for clinical education in grief and loss to students in the health care professions; and to conduct research which promotes greater understanding of loss, grief and bereavement.

Contact Information

Katherine P. Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT, F-GSA
Program Director

Shawna Rees
Program Administrator
Phone: 801-585-9522

Mailing Address:
University of Utah College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5880