Bereavement Support Facilities & Groups


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.


 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!


We found great support at: The David H. Klein Center for Compassion and Healing

Located at: 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.


Specifically for Children & Teens:

A Caring Place: This is a bereavement program designed specifically for children and teens who have a loved one who has died. A Caring Place offers age-related supports groups facilitated by professional facilitators with experience helping children and teens deal with their grief. There are eight weekly sessions from 6:30-7:30pm at the Center for Compassion and Healing, 3111 Winton Road South, Henrietta, NY. For this program, please call 585-475-8800 to arrange an initial interview or request more information as to the dates of when the next eight-week series begins.


“Healing Circles” is a monthly support group specifically for children/teens who have lost a sibling or parent. Each event is centered on a therapeutic activity led by a licensed professional who provides children with the opportunity to engage in healthy activities and helpful discussions about their lost loved one.

Visit the Dreams From Drake website for more information about the children/teen support groups and to see all of the amazing things this organization is doing for children who have experienced the loss of a sibling or parent.



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


GriefShare Seminars and Support Groups

These are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. They are Christian-based groups and seminars and are for adults only. You'll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you carry on. There are some GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting in the Rochester, NY area. Visit the link below to see the locations and meeting dates/times. GriefShare assists the bereaved throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries.


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


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

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.


Area Grief Events:

Families & friends who have experienced the death of a child, sibling, grandchild of any age

Please Join the

Ceremony of Remembrance*

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration

50 West Bloomfield Road, Pittsford, NY

RSVP with full name of child/person honoring and number of people who will be attending to or by calling the phone numbers listed below.

- Ceremony with music, harpist, children's names read, candle lighting, poetry and slideshow

- Bring photos (framed pictures able to stand work best, no larger than 8x10) by 6:15 pm on the night of the ceremony

- Light refreshments following the event

- Please email by December 5th with a picture of your child/person to be included in a slideshow. (Please contact us if you must mail a photo rather than email it).

- If you are not able to RSVP in time, please come anyway

- Limited transportation assistance may be available

- This ceremony is non-denominational

For more information contact: Elaine Deacon (585) 889-2574

*Held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting


 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.


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