Visiting Nurse Service

Grief And Bereavement Support: 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

Support Groups

  • 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 / Camp Dreams

Camp Heartstrings / Camp Dreams is a day camp designed to benefit children (entering grades 2 - 11 in September 2016) who are adjusting to the death of a loved one. Developed by Licensed Master Social Workers, this camp promotes understanding, acceptance, hope and healing through a comprehensive program of activities. It is staffed by credentialed professionals and trained volunteers. This camp is offered free-of-charge to children and families, and is provided by Visiting Nurse Hospice, Pittsford Youth Services, Dreams from Drake, and Nazareth College. Download the full brochure here.

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Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester
(585) 787-2233
(800) 724-5727

2180 Empire Boulevard • Webster, NY 14580


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