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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network > Information for Families of Donors > Bereavement Resources & Support Groups

Bereavement Resources & Support Groups

Support groups and bereavement resources below are offered throughout our region. Before attending any of the programs, we encourage you to call contacts listed to confirm meeting times and locations.

 Meeting Of Support Group

For help in identifying additional bereavement resources, call 585-272-4930 and ask to speak with a Family Services Coordinator.

Jefferson and Lewis Counties

Left Behind by Suicide Support Group

Jefferson  County  Hospice
425  Washington St.
Watertown,  NY  13601
Contact: Kathy Sheley  (315) 232-4704 or (315) 730-5121

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
2nd Thursday of  Every Month
Facilitated by: Peer and Professional
Charge: No
Newsletter: No

Grief Counseling
Lewis County Hospice – (315) 376-5230
Hospice of Jefferson County – (315) 788-7323

Monroe County

The Center for Compassion and Healing/ Lifetime Care

3111 Winton Road South, Henrietta
(585) 214-1000
Website for Center for Compassion and Healing/Lifetime Care

They have general support groups for adults as well as children (varying ages). One-on-one bereavement support is also available by special arrangement, with a donation to Hospice requested; call 214-1414.

Specific to Loss of a Child

Compassionate Friends (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. The Center for Compassion and Healing,
3111 Winton Road South. Facilitated by Cathy Spoto and
chapter leaders; donation requested.
The Compassionate Friends Website

Healing After Suicide Loss

Meetings on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 12 noon-1:30 p.m. Facilitated by Theo Munson and by Renae Carapella, area director of American Families for Suicide Prevention. For more info. call 475-8800.

Open, Drop-In Bereavement Groups:

For people who have lost a family member (any relationship, any length of time)

“Healing & Hope”  every Thursday evening, 5:30-7 p.m.
The Center for Compassion and Healing,
3111 Winton Road South, Henrietta. (585) 475-8800
Facilitated by Cindy Iversen and Glen Burkhardt.

“Westside Group”  2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month,
5:30-7 p.m., Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Rd. Facilitated by Pat Fitzpatrick

“Daytime/Westside Group” – 2nd & 4th Fridays each month,
1:00-2:30 p.m. John Knox Presbyterian Church,
3233 W. Ridge Rd., Greece. Facilitated by Rayann Ranzenbach

“Brockport Group” –  1st Monday of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Brockport Free Methodist Church, 6787 Fourth Section Rd., Facilitators: Vicky Edwards & Mickey Rodak

Honeoye Falls/Lima:
“Daytime/Honeoye Falls-Lima” – Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month from 1-2:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Honeoye Falls. Facilitator: Sue Lasher.

Area Hospital Mental Health Centers And Many Agencies Provide Care on a Sliding-Scale Basis:
AGAPE Counseling Assoc. (585) 594-4800 and (585) 385-6030
Catholic Family Center (585) 546-3617
Family Service of Rochester (585) 232-1840
Jewish Family Service (585) 461-0110
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center (585) 325-5260
Spiritus Christi (585) 325-1180
Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center (585) 473-2671



Honorable Mention:
Hope for Bereaved
4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 475-9675
Help line: (315) 475-HOPE
Hope for the Bereaved Website

Specific support groups for the loss of a spouse, sibling, parent or child. They also personalize each group. For example: suicide, murder, SIDS, prolonged illness and sudden death. It is known as the leading grief support resource in Central New York.


Hospice of Wayne & Seneca Counties
A Service of Lifetime Care
1120 So. Main St., Newark, NY 14513
(315) 332-2563 or (800) 562-1650

Open, Drop-In Bereavement Groups:

No registration is required. For individuals who have lost a family member (any relationship, any length of time). Not necessary for them to have been on the Hospice program.

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Parkwood Heights, 1340 Parkwood Drive.
Facilitator: Linda Orrvick.

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 5823 Ontario-Walworth Rd.
Facilitator: Rosemary Guchone

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s School, 35 Center St. (enter from parking lot behind church
And school) Facilitator: Rick Coe

Children & Youth Bereavement Services: Stepping Stones Group

For young people ages 5-17 who have lost a loved one and for the adults who care for them. This group provides children and youth the tools to explore and understand how they feel about a loved one’s death. Call Bereavement Services for more information about upcoming sessions in Waterloo and Newark. (315) 332-2563.

Other Resources Available To Find Support/Assistance While Grieving:

Your clergy, local hospital, school counselor, or physician. Email us for more information on area grief specialists.

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