Nothing can fully prepare you for the emotions you may feel when a loved one dies. You may feel confusion, longing, anxiety, anger, sorrow, and even physical pain.
Learning to live without your loved one in your life takes time. For this reason, VNSNY Hospice offers grief support for 13 months following the loss of a loved one in hospice care. Even if you don’t want to participate in our program right away, you are welcome to contact VNSNY at any time during that 13-month period. Rest assured that we are here with you as you adjust to the changes.
Not all grief is the same. We understand this and can offer you the type of support you need. VNSNY offers a wide variety of grief support groups that address the challenges of coping with your loss. Some groups are specific to certain relationships. Our programs include grief support for those who have lost a parent, a spouse or partner, a sibling, or an adult child. Bereavement counselors can help small children understand a beloved grandparent’s death.
We have groups specifically for men, and we offer groups in Spanish and Chinese. We also offer workshops on many different topics, such as relieving stress or getting through the holidays for the first time without your loved one.
VNSNY Hospice offers grief support groups throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. You can find a support group near you in our Meeting Calendar. Our quarterly bereavement newsletter, Seasons of Life, has a list of groups as well as a calendar so you can find the one that is right for you. Support groups and other offerings from our bereavement teams are taking place via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are answers to some questions you may have about our grief support groups:
When you join a grief support group, you will be with other people who are going through the grieving process. A bereavement counselor will lead the group. You may want to talk about your loved one and how their loss is affecting you. Or you may prefer to listen as other people share their thoughts and feelings. There is no pressure to talk if you don’t want to.
Joining a grief support group can make you feel less isolated and alone as you grieve. Being around other people who have experienced the same type of loss can be especially helpful. Because we offer grief support for 13 months, our groups will help as you mark the one-year anniversary of your loved one’s death, as well as other important firsts, including birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Being part of a support group means you won’t have to experience those firsts alone.
Yes! If your loved one did not receive care from VNSNY Hospice, but you are interested in one of our groups or workshops, please email us in advance so we can confirm that space is available.
No. Our grief support programs are free to anyone. Because groups can fill up, please email us to reserve a spot.