Bereavement Support Facilities & Groups


 Honorable     Hope for the Bereaved, Inc.
Mention:       4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219
                     (315) 475-9675
                     Helpline: (315) 475-HOPE


This is an amazing place created by a grieving mom in 1979. They have specific support groups for the loss of a spouse, sibling, parent or child. They also personalize each group (ie: suicide, murder, SIDS, prolonged illness, sudden death, etc.) It is worth the travel. It is known as the leading grief support resource in Central New York. Wonderful people!

Monroe County

We found great support at: The David H. Klein Center for Compassion and Healing
                                            Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice
                                            3111 Winton Road South, Henrietta
                                            (585) 475-8800

They have a variety of group meetings where grieving men, women and children can discuss ideas, encourage each other, or just listen. Many people begin in their general, open, drop-in support sessions. One-on-one bereavement support is also available by special arrangement, with a donation to Hospice requested.

Specific to Loss of a Child:

Compassionate Friends - Rochester NY Chapter (For Bereaved Parents)

For parents who have lost a child of any age.
Ongoing sessions on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month,
7:00-9:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14620; donation requested.

Visit for exact dates of meetings and for registration form.


Area Hospital Mental Health Centers and Many Agencies Provide Care on a Sliding Scale Basis. Check with:

AGAPE Counseling Associates (585) 385-6030

Catholic Family Center (585) 546-7220

Jewish Family Service (585) 461-0110

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center (585) 325-5260

Spiritus Christi Church (585) 325-1180



Other Resources Available To Find Support/Assistance While Grieving:

Ask your clergy, funeral director, local hospital, school counselor, or physician for grief support information. Also, search the internet for “grief support” or “bereavement counseling/therapy” in your area. There are many websites with information about area groups. These are only a few that we have found and have been recommended to us. If you find another agency or group that helps you, please let us know about them and we will gladly post their information so that others can be helped, as well.

We found that many people wanted to help us but were hesitant to reach out to us. They waited for us to reach out to them. You are not alone. There is no cure for your grief, but there is company and understanding along the way, as you travel this new journey.


Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice in Surrounding Counties in New York State:

Wayne County - Newark Office
800 West Miller Street, suite #6, Newark, NY 14513
(315) 331-7990

Cayuga County - Auburn Office
282 North Street, Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 294-6700

Yates County - Dundee Office
18 Main Street, Dundee, NY 14837
(877) 642-0227

Livingston County - Lakeville Office
3513 Thomas Drive, Suite #6, Lakeville, NY 14480
(800) 598-4995

Niagara County

Kaleida Health The Largest Healthcare provider in Western New York
They offer a variety of support in their various facilities. Brenda Whelan, RSM, MPM, BCC, is the Pastoral Care/Bereavement Coordinator. (716) 878-7920

Visit and search their site for "Grief Support". There are several support groups sponsored here.


Life Transistions Center, Inc. (affiliated with Hospice Buffalo)
1140 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 Phone (716) 836-6460

Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center
322 Old Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
(716) 743-9117 Toll free: 1-800-660-5053

Area Grief Events:

Ceremony of Remembrance for Children (any age) Who Have Died Before Us

This spiritual observance is held every December at Church of the Transfiguration, 50 West Bloomfield Road, Pittsford, NY. It is sponsored by the Jeff Milano-Johnson Memorial Fund. Families and friends who have experienced the death of a child, young adult, sibling or grandchild are welcome. Please keep this event in mind for the holiday season. It is a very soothing and peaceful observance that truly touches everyone who attends. *Held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting© *Open to individuals of any faith. This ceremony is non-denominational.

A picture of your child can be submitted by you to be included in a slideshow.

Contact or call: Mary Jane Milano, 585-248-9977; Elaine Deacon, 585-889-2574.


 Also, visit the websites of the facilities listed on this page. Many, if not all of them, have remembrance ceremonies and events throughout the year.

Support Advise