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 and Guilt: How Do We Cope? What Can We Learn?
Thursday, May 14
6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.

One of the common emotional reactions to the death of a loved one are feelings of guilt and regret. These feelings can be very painful and lead grievers to judge themselves harshly. In this workshop, we will have the opportunity to discuss various strategies to manage feelings of guilt and learn how to view past regrets from a new perspective. 

Registration is required.

For more information and location, please call Christine Gallagher, LMFT at 718-536-3187.

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