Since 2001, the HeartLight Center—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—has welcomed thousands of grieving people just like you. Together, we have created an open, compassionate community that offers strength, peace, and the support you need to move forward.
Through support groups and education, we are committed to giving you the resources you need to help you feel heard, seen, and validated.
Our mission at HeartLight Center is to provide affordable grief support and education to the community.
After working with grieving individuals, families, and those who care for them, Jennifer McBride became acutely aware that a great need existed for a program that would serve those who did not fit into what our community offers for care. She presented this to Valerie Horan, a funeral director for Horan and McConaty Funeral Services. Valerie had a likeminded vision and shared with Jennifer her hope for a candle in the window that would welcome grieving people to come and share their stories.
Together, with the full support of John Horan and a dedicated board of directors, Jennifer and Valerie developed HeartLight Center, and opened its doors to the community in 2003.
Starting with just one monthly group for grieving people, offering community and support during some of the most difficult times in their lives, HeartLight Center programs have now grown to more than 10 center-led support groups, a number of community-run support groups, special events and workshops, and education and training for professional and volunteer caregivers.
Jennifer McBride retired as director of Heartlight Center in 2020, and continues to be a champion for the needs of the bereaved individuals and families in our community. Under the direction of our Executive Director, Jenn Flaum, HeartLight Center continues with our mission to grow and serve.
HeartLight Center Board of Directors
Jamie McConaty, Board Chair
Effie Kavadas Wilson