Bereavement Support Facilities & Groups

Honorable Mention:

Hope for the Bereaved, Inc.
4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 475-9675
Help line: (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. Visit their website to see everything this amazing facility provides. It is worth the travel if you choose to join a group or visit the facility. 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
Lifetime Care
3111 Winton Road South, Henrietta
(585) 475-8800


They offer 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 listed below. One-on-one bereavement support is also available by special arrangement, with a donation to Hospice requested.

Vist their website for all of the Lifetime Care Support Groups in the Rochester area.


Specific to Loss of a Child:


Compassionate Friends (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 David H. Klein Center for Compassion and Healing,
3111 Winton Road South.
Facilitated by bereaved parents Brenda Schmidt and Becky Price; donation requested.


To Support Grieving Children/Young Adults:

“A Caring Place”

 Professionally led, age-related structured sessions for children and teens.
The Center for Compassion and Healing, 3111 Winton Rd. S., Group sessions are professionally led and focus on therapeutic activities. Call Lori Newland at (585) 475-8800 for information on the next eight-week series.

 Visit for more information.



Young Adults Grief Support Group For any young adult who is coping with the death of a significant person in your life. Held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Please call Maureen McFee at (585) 214-1304 for more information

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


AGAPE Counseling Assoc. or call (585) 385-6030

Catholic Family Center or call (585) 546-7220

Family Service of Rochester or call (585) 287-2010

Jewish Family Service or call (585) 461-0110

St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center or call (585) 325-3017

Spiritus Christi Church or call (585) 325-1180


Hospice of Wayne & Seneca Counties
A Service of Lifetime Care
1120 So. Main St., Newark, NY 14513
(315) 332-2563 or (800) 562-1650

They offer Open, Drop-In Bereavement Groups. (No registration is required) These groups are for people who have lost a family member (any relationship, any length of time). Not necessary for them to have been on the Hospice program. Call the above phone numbers for times/dates/locations or visit





The Niagara Grief Center

36 Pine Street, Lockport, NY 14094 or call (716) 433-3780

The Niagara Grief Center's Mission is to provide sustained emotional support to people of all ages affected by sudden traumatic death and grief. Adult and Teen support groups are also available.


Life Transitions Center, Inc. (affliated with Hospice Buffalo)

1140 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 or call (716) 836-6460

The Western New York Chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA meet on the second Friday of each month at one of this centers facilities. The meetings are facilitated by Tony & Bernadette Misita. Call (716) 675-3844 or visit or for more information.


Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center

322 Old Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 or call (716) 9117



 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 support/therapy" in your area. There are many websites with information about area groups. These are only a few that we have found and they 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.



Ceremony of Remembrance for our 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. 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.

Send any questions to A few days before the ceremony, you will be asked to electronically send a picture of the child, the correct spelling of his/her name and the number of people who will be attending.  There will be a slideshow featuring the photos of the children.

The ceremony includes a music, harpist, children’s names read, candle lighting, and poetry.
Bring additional photo (framed pictures able to stand work best, no larger than 8 x 10) by 6:15 pm on the night of the Ceremony.
Light refreshments following the event.
If you are not able to RSVP in time, please come anyway.
Limited transportation assistance may be available.

For information call: Elaine Deacon, 585-889-2574 or Peggy Solka, 585-265-4585; or contact


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















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