In response to the tragedy in Newtown, Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut has offered the support of its Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children and Families in Danbury.

Healing Hearts provides grief and bereavement support for children and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

While not a mental health center, Healing Hearts social workers are specialists in bereavement counseling and support groups, all of which are provided free to the public.

"We offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost a loved one," said Cynthia Roy-Squitieri, also a licensed clinical social worker and CEO of Regional Hospice and Home Care. "We will work together with Newtown school officials so families know our center and staff will be available for those who need grief support in the future."

Healing Hearts does not provide trauma counseling, but past experience has shown families benefit significantly from grief and bereavement support days, months and even years after a traumatic experience.

The center provided two such support groups after September 11, 2001 that continued for two years.

"Nothing can erase the horror or ever heal the hearts that have been broken on this day as the entire country mourns for these families," said Ms. Squitieri.

"All we can do is be here with doors open and offer our experience providing support and comfort that may help these families move forward one minute at a time."

For more information call 203-702-7400.