A Caring Spirit
Losing a loved one isn’t easy to prepare for or accept. We’re available to provide you or your family
with as much or as little assistance before or after a loved one has died, at no cost. Our Bereavement
Program is an extension of our hospice care and helps address feelings of loss, grief or sorrow through:
- Individual or group support
- Community referrals to trained bereavement professionals as needed
- Special programs and services, such as education or training
- Quarterly letters
- The Evening of Remembrance held annually to honor loved ones
- Trained bereavement volunteers that offer massage, Reiki, energy work, spiritual
care and who provide regular supportive phone calls
- Visiting Nurse Service (2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580) Held Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. Facilitated by Michele Allman, LMSW, VNS Bereavement Coordinator. This group provides support to anyone who has experienced a death of a loved one.
- Memorial AMC Zion Church (549 Clarrissa St, Rochester, NY 14608) Held the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Facilitated by Carolyn Lester. This group is specifically for adults who have experienced a loss including a death of a family member. It is open to the community as well as the congregation of this church.
- Newman House (96 Adams St., Brockport, NY 14420) Held on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 11:00 a.m. Facilitated by Michele Allman, LMSW, VNS Bereavement Coordinator. This group provides support to adults ages 18 - 25 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. **In the event that Brockport School District closes due to bad weather, this group will also be cancelled.**
- Elmgrove United Methodist Church (1500 Spencerport Rd., Rochester, NY 14606) Held each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Facilitated by Nina Hurd and Carrie Horton. This group provides support to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.
Please call Michele Allman, LMSW, at 585.787.2233, ext. 8241, for any questions or to make reserverations. One to one supportive counseling is also available.
Camp Heartstrings is a day camp designed to benefit children between the ages of 7 and 12 who are adjusting to the death of a loved one. A summer 2014 camp took place in July on the campus of Nazareth College, and promoted understanding, acceptance, hope and healing through a variety of activities. It was staffed by professionally trained bereavement social workers and volunteers, and there was no charge to attend. Camp Heartstrings was provided by Visiting Nurse Hospice, Nazareth College School of Health and Human Services, and Pittsford Youth Services. (Download the full brochure here.) Once a future camp is scheduled, information and registration forms will be available on this webpage.