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 www.tcfrochester.org for exact dates of meetings and for registration form.
Honorable Hope for the Bereaved, Inc.
Mention: 4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219
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.
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 www.agaperoc.org (585) 385-6030
Catholic Family Center www.cfcrochester.org (585) 546-7220
Jewish Family Service www.jfsrochester.org (585) 461-0110
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center www.sjncenter.org (585) 325-5260
Spiritus Christi Church www.spirituschristi.org (585) 325-1180
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 www.kaleidahealth.org 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*
A Sunday in December each year 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 email@example.com 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 the specified December date 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.