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
- 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 between the ages of 7 and 15 who are adjusting to the death of a loved one. It promotes understanding, acceptance, hope and healing through a variety of activities, and is staffed by professionally trained bereavement social workers and volunteers. This camp is offered free-of-charge to children and families, and is provided by Visiting Nurse Hospice, Dreams from Drake, Pittsford Youth Services, and Nazareth College. Download the full brochure here.