There are many resources to help you through this time. Here we list some support groups available in this area, and every month we will include a book review, websites, or other reading materials. There are also many helpful websites that can easily be found in searching the internet. Also, don't forget that your church/clergy (or any church in your area if you don't attend) can be a good source of comfort and encouragement. Funeral directors, too, have access to numerous resources and usually have free pamphlets or booklets also.

 

 

Support Groups

There are many grief support groups available in our area. Those listed below give times and locations as well as other pertinent information. They are predominantly in the Rochester area. The website for Wayne County lists many helpful groups as well at http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/departments/AgeYouth/AgingWhatsNewSupportGroups.htm 

If you have an urgent need, you may want to call LIFELINE, a 24- hour service that offers crisis intervention, human service information, referrals, and short-term counseling. LIFELINE counselors can assist you in exploring alternatives for help. 585-275-5151 or 800-310-1160   TDD 595-275-2700  If you require further information about any of the groups below, they are listed at the website for the Mental Health Association of Rochester, www.mharochester.org    

  

Grief Support for Alzheimer's Families
This group offers support and education, a telephone hotline, and speaker's bureau.
   Contact Theo Munson  214-1434
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE / Hospice of Rochester
                    3111 Winton Road South
                    Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For family members experiencing grief due to effects of the disease as well as post-bereavement sadness.
Time
First and Third Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM
Place
Center for Compassion and Healing
 
3111 S. Winton Rd., Rochester
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Member facilitators

Coping with Loss Group
This professional therapy group seeks to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms, and promote acceptance.
Contact  James Meyer  368-6750 or 368-6700
Sponsor: Unity Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
100 Pinewild Drive
Rochester, NY 14606

 

Eligibility
For children having difficulty adjusting due to significant losses in their lives, such as death of a loved one or loss of physical functioning.
Time
Call for information
Place
Call for information
Location
Call for information
Fees
Call for information
Facilitation
Professional therapist
 
Infant Loss Support Group
The group provides an opportunity for healing through sharing with others in similar situations. Group meets as needed.
Contact Obstetrics Department  395-6045
Sponsor: Lakeside Memorial Hospital
156 West Avenue
Brockport, NY 14420

 

Eligibility
For families who have experienced a loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death.
Time
Group meets as needed
Place
Family Wellness Center/Lakeside Memorial Hospital
 
156 West Avenue, Brockport, NY
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Parallel, Inc.
The group provides support through discussion, telephone hotline, peer counseling, education programs, and newsletter. Peer counseling training is also offered.
Contact  582-2280
Sponsor: Parallel
P.O. Box 10715
Rochester, NY 14610

 

Eligibility
For parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or medical termination.
Time
Time limited groups (6 weekly sessions). Call for information about upcoming group.
Place
Call for information
Location
Call for information
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Member facilitators
 
"Parent Link"  -  SIDS Support, Inc.
Offers support for those who have experienced sudden or unexpected death of an infant or pregnancy loss.
Contact  Jennifer Hemmerich  234-3481
Sponsor:   SIDS Support, Inc.
E-Mail :  support@parentlinkgroup.org
Eligibility
For those who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of an infant or pregnancy loss.
Time
Fourth Tuesday of every month; 7 PM
Place
Edgewood Free Methodist Church
 
250 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Member facilitators
 
Adapting to Loss
12-week psychodynamic group that seeks to increase grief management and decrease intensity of symptoms associated with loss.
Contact  James Meyer  368-6750 or 368-6700
Sponsor: Unity Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
100 Pinewild Drive
Rochester, NY 14606

 

Eligibility
For adults 18 years or older who are experiencing pathological reaction to loss. (loss of spouse, partner, parent, child, family member, friend or from separation, divorce, death or move). Call for other criteria for attendance.
Time
Call for information
Place
Call for information
Location
Call for information
Fees
Call for information
Facilitation
Professional therapist
 
Bereavement Group - Irondequoit
COPES program offered quarterly with follow-up sessions and special presentations.
Contact  Billie Harris  544-4460
Sponsor: Lifetime Care
3111 S. Winton Road
Rochester, NY

 

Eligibility
For grieving individuals who are coping with a loss.
Time
Seven week series offered quarterly.
Place
Harris Family Center
 
560 Kings Highway South (at Titus Avenue)
Fees
Call for Information
Facilitation
Professional facilitation

Bereavement Support Group
Provides information and support. The American Cancer Society also provides a telephone hotline (1-800-ACS-2345), peer counseling (Friend-to-Friend), public education programs, a buddy system, advocacy, transportation, peer counseling training and social events.
Contact  1-800-ACS-2345  585-396-6790  www.cancer.org
Sponsor: American Cancer Society
1400 N. Winton Road
Rochester , NY 14609

 

Eligibility
For individuals who have suffered a loss due to cancer or for individuals with terminal cancer.
Time
Call for information
Place
Sands Cancer Center
 
360 Parish Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
Fees
None
Facilitation
Professional and peer facilitators
 
Bereavement Therapeutic Group
The group offers peer counseling and therapy.
Contact  Karen Kelliher, M.S.  742-3731  groupworks@att.net
Sponsor  GROUP WORKS   Rochester, NY

 

Eligibility
The Bereavement Group is for individuals coping with a loss resulting from a death. Adults only.
Time
Bereavement Group: Mondays, 7-8:30 PM
Place
Call for information
 
202 W. Main Street, Victor
Fees
$25 per session
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Companions in Grief
The group supports individuals who have lost a loved one.
Contact  671-1653
Sponsor: St. Rita's Parish - Webster
1008 Maple Drive
Webster, NY 14580

 

Eligibility
For those who have lost a loved one through death. All are welcome from all areas and denominations.
Time
Once a month. Call for calendar
Place
St. Rita's Parish Center
Location
Webster, NY 14580
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
COPES Bereavement Group - Irondequoit
COPES program offered quarterly with follow-up sessions and special presentations
Contact  Billie Harris  544-4460
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For grieving individuals who are coping with a loss.
Time
Seven week series offered quarterly.
Place
Harris Family Center
Location
560 Kings Highway South (at Titus Avenue)
Fees
Call for information
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Grieving for A Season
This group focuses on multiple needs connected with loss in a faith-based environment.
Contact  225-3493
Sponsor - No sponsor listed

 

Eligibility
For adults that are grieving an adult loved one
Time
Call for information
Place
Call for information
Location
Call for information
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated

Grieving partners
Each evening's program includes:

Brief grief-education remarks, a reading which serves as a springboard for discussion, and opportunities for talking and sharing similar experiences - all offered with special sensitivity toward "disenfranchised" grieving people.
Contact  (585) 214-1414
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE / Hospice of Rochester
Rochester, NY

 

Eligibility
Ongoing, open, drop-in meetings for men and women whose spouse or life-partner has died - people who "were perfect for each other".
Time
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month - beginning October 6th
Place
Community Center for Compassion and Healing
Location
LIFETIME CARE's Offices -- 3111 Winton Road South. (just south of Brighton-Henrietta Town-Line road, across from Valley Cadillac and Pizza Hut; look for the memorial eagle out in front...)
Fees
No Pre-registration required...Free-will donation to hospice requested at each session.
Facilitation
Led by Professional facilitators from the perspective of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS)
The groups are designed to help children and families cope with a serious illness/death. A newsletter, social events and 8 week coping support groups (in spring and fall) are provided.
Contact  Stephanie D'Amico-Constantino  585-624-5555
Sponsor: Camp Good Days and Special Times
1332 Pittsford Mendon Road
Mendon, NY 14506

 

Eligibility
For children and families who have an immediate family member who has died or who has a serious illness.
Time
Mondays, 7-8:30 PM
Place
Al Sigl Center
Location
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Professional and member facilitators
 
A Caring Place
Professionally facilitated age-specific peer support groups for kids, teens and their families.  
 
Sponsor:       Lifetime Care, The Center for Compassion and Healing
Eligibility:    Children and teens ages 3 and up  who have faced the loss of a significant person in their lives
Location:      Lifetime Care 3111 Winton Road  South, Rochester 14623 
Programming is offered on Monday evenings at 6:30 but dates vary
Registration Required
Fee:             Small fee or donation varies based on programming
Contact:       Lori Newland  475-8825
 
Mornings At the Mall Bereavement Group
This is for adults who wish to work on grief issues through physical exercise and/or friendship in a group setting.
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 Winton Rd. S.
Rochester NY, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For adults.
Time
Tuesdays 8:30 -10:00 AM
Place
Medley Center. Gather and sign in at ground floor near Macy's.
Location
Irondequoit, NY
Fees
None
Facilitation
Member facilitated.
 
Open General Bereavement Group/Gates Presbyterian Church location
The group offers support and an educational component
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For people who have lost a family member
Time
Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM
Place
Gates Presbyterian Church
Location
1049 Wegman Road, Gates
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Open General Bereavement Group/LIFETIME CARE's Wellness Center
The group offers support and an educational component
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For people who have lost a family member
Time
Second and Fourth Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 PM
Place
Wellness Center for Loss and Transition
Location
LIFETIME CARE's offices, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester
Fees
No fee
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Parent Loss Bereavement Group
The group offers support and an educational component
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434  Theo.Munson@lifetimecare.org
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE/The Center for Compassion and Healing
3111 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For adults who have lost one or both parents
Time
First and Third Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
Place
Wellness Center for Loss and Transition
Location
3111 Winton Road South, Rochester
Fees
$3 to $5 donation requested
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Compassionate Friends
This is a support group that offers parents, who have lost a child, the opportunity to share with others in similar circumstances. A newsletter is also provided.
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434   Theo.Munson@lifetimecare.org
      Mark & Phyllis Simon  586-4721
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For parents who have lost a child.
Time
Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Place
LIFETIME CARE / Wellness Center for Loss and Transition
Location
3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY, 14623
Fees
Freewill donations requested
Facilitation
Professional advisor plus bereaved parents
 
Neutral Ground Support Organization, Inc.
The group provides peer support for individuals ending a relationship; divorced,separated or by widowhood. Also offers on-going public education programs, a newsletter and social events.
Contact  924-8690  www.neutralg@rochester.rr.com
Sponsor   Neutral Ground Support Organization,Inc.
P.O. Box 26550
Rochester New York, NY 14626

 

Eligibility
Those who were formerly married (divorced, separated, widow/widowers or individuals ending a significant relationship).
Time
7:30-9:30 PM Thursdays
Place
First Baptist Church of Rochester, Educational Building
Location
175 Allens Creek Rd, (Brighton)
Fees
$3.00 per session. $20 annual membership fee
Facilitation
Peer Facilitators
 
Seniors Daytime Bereavement Group
The group offers support and an educational component
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434   Theo.Munson@lifetimecare.org
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For seniors whose spouse has died.
Time
First and Third Mondays, 1 to 2:30 pm
Place
Wellness Center for Loss and Transition
Location
LIFETIME CARE's offices, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester
Fees
No Fee
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated
 
Surviving Spouses Bereavement Group
This series offers grief education and support
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1434  Theo.Munson@lifetimecare.org
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE
3111 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623

 

Eligibility
For men and women who have been widowed. Pre-registration process requires a phone interview.
Time
Eight week sessions. Call for additional information
Place
Wellness Center for Loss and Transition
Location
LIFETIME CARE offices, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester
Fees
$7 per session or $49.00 prepaid for 8 weeks
Facilitation
Call for information
 
Young Widows/Widowers Bereavement Group
Offers support for those who have lost a spouse
Contact  Theo Munson  214-1414  Theo.Munson@lifetimecare.org
Sponsor: LIFETIME CARE, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623
Eligibility
For surviving spouses between the ages of 20 and 45.
Time
First and Third Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8  PM
Place
Center for Compassion and Healing, Lifetime Care
Location
3111 Winton Rd. South, Rochester, NY
Fees
$5 donation requested
Facilitation
Professionally facilitated

 

The groups listed below are sponsored by our member funeral homes and are offered without charge or obligation.  You do not have to have used the specified funeral home, to attend their group.

 

Children’s Support Groups

Young Widows/Widowers

Caring Coffee Clatch

Monthly Widow/widowers luncheon