As part of comprehensive end-of-life care from VNSNY, we provide specialized services designed to help families cope with the illness of a loved one. Our social workers and spiritual care counselors are available to help patients and their loved ones through this difficult time.

Following the patient's death, VNSNY offers a program of bereavement support for up to thirteen months for the loved ones of hospice patients. The program's services include support groups, educational workshops about the grieving process, literature mailings, and an annual Interfaith Memorial Service. As space permits, our groups and workshops are available to the bereaved whose loved one did not die while in our hospice program. Since suicide and sudden, traumatic death require specialized grief support, our bereavement program can suggest appropriate resources in the community for such types of loss.

To find a VNSNY bereavement support group near you, click on the link for the most recent VNSNY Bereavement Newsletter on the right-hand side of this page. 

Upcoming events

Grief Support Workshop 
Saturday, March 21
10:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Mindful Based Grief Reduction: Finding Peace
This workshop covers 16 different breathing exercises you can use. Oneness of body and mind brings calm, presence, and peace. 

For more information and location, please call Jean Metzker at 718-888-6966

Partner Loss Panel: "Can I Develop a Loving Relationship Again?"
Wednesday, March 25
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This upcoming panel discussion is presented in an effort to support grieving partners/spouses who may have conflicting feelings when they contemplate the possibility of reinvesting themselves in another relationship. Even though we may know intellectually that love is boundless, it may be difficult to move forward. We recognize that grief can be an isolating experience, however, it's important to know that you are not alone with these conflicting feelings. 

For more information, please call Janet King at 212-609-1907

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