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:


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

Please Join the

Ceremony of Remembrance*

A Sunday in December 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 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.


Support Advise