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

VNSNY's bereavement staff offers a thirteen-month program for the families and loved ones of patients, following the patient's death. These services include support groups, grief and loss presentations, literature mailings, and an annual Interfaith Memorial Service. This program also serves those who experienced a non-hospice death (such as a sudden or traumatic loss) through bereavement support groups and seminars that educate about 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 event:
making the holidays meaningful and manageable

Holidays can be particularly difficult for bereaved individuals and families because they emphasize absence—the empty chair, the missing voice, there's one less present to buy and one less to receive. Someone special is missing and his or her absence changes everything.

Nothing can take away these painful emotional realities because they are true expressions of grieving. Yet the pain is also a push toward a new way of living. Individuals and family systems are pressed by these profound emotions to organize in different ways, especially for the holidays.

Please join us for two discussions that focus on the strategies we can use to keep the holiday season both meaningful and manageable for the entire family.

Date: Thursday, December 12
Time: 6:00–7:30 pm
For more information, including event location, please contact Christine Gallagher at 718-536-3187 or

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For more information about VNSNY’s Bereavement services, please contact Vince Corso at 212-609-1905 or email us at

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