In 2020, Caring Connections provided 28 grief support groups to 180 participants. The majority of these grief groups were held online via Zoom due to necessary precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With funding from the State of Utah and CARES Act funds, we have added COVID-grief groups and COVID-recovery support groups.
Caring Connections grief support groups have a small fee. With generous support from Larkin Mortuary, we offer scholarships for this fee, for those who find this a hardship. This means that no one that needs support is ever turned away from grief support groups.
Caring Connections also facilitates hundreds of calls annually to support individuals who have lost someone and connect them to information and community resources focused on grief and loss.
Caring Connections provides trainings to professionals with the goal of creating a community which provides evidence-based services to those who are grieving.
In 2020, the following free trainings were provided to community mental health providers, first responders, teachers, and others who work closely with grief and loss.
- 5 Grief of Sudden and Unexpected Death Trainings with 209 attendees
- 5 Grief Suicide Death Trainings with 217 attendees
- 6 Grief of Overdose Death Trainings with 181 attendees
- 14 Additional community trainings at conferences or for individual agencies
Using our funding from the State of Utah and CARES Act funds, Caring Connections has also been providing community support to Community Health Workers, Peer Support Specialist, and Case Managers with the goal of promoting resilience and stability for this vital group of service providers. In 2020, we held 11 support groups in collaboration with 2 community partners.
Overall, our services and trainings have the goal of making sure that as many Utahans as possible receive access to evidence-based grief support when they have experienced a loss. Our ongoing funding is primarily through grants and support from community members.
Interested in Supporting Caring Connections?
For individuals and entities interested in financially supporting our work, please consider donating to Caring Connections HERE.