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Grief Support

Grief is a normal part of healing, but it can also be extremely difficult—and isolating. Support from VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care can help you feel less alone.

Family Support Services

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or experiencing anticipatory grief, VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care is here so you don’t have to feel alone. Our social workers, spiritual care counselors, volunteers, and bereavement counselors begin supporting families when their loved one starts receiving hospice care from VNSNY. These experts are specially trained to help families navigate the complex emotional, psychological, and life changes that result from serious illness.

  • Spiritual care counselors assess spiritual needs and encourage family members to discuss concerns, address questions, and offer religious prayers and rituals as requested
  • Social workers help you cope with stress, family pressures, financial obligations, home care issues, and grief
  • Volunteers are trained to provide companionship, organizational help, caregiver respite, and friendly phone calls and visits as well as art, massage, and assistance with life review

We also offer bereavement support for up to thirteen months following the loss of a loved one. Bereavement counselors provide specialized services to help families navigate the first year and anniversary of their loved one’s death. Our program is customized to address the unique needs of children, teens, and adults, including those who have lost parents, partners and spouses, or siblings.

Grief Support Groups

VNSNY Hospice offers support groups throughout the five boroughs, and holds educational sessions on specific topics periodically. If your loved one did not receive care from VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, but you are interested in one of our groups or workshops, please email us in advance so we can confirm space availability.

Find a bereavement support group near you in our Meeting Calendar.

“VNSNY’s bereavement services were like an oasis. When I started, I felt alone and that life had no meaning. By the end, I felt on the path to healing.”–Workshop Testimonial


Seasons of Life is a quarterly newsletter from VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care. View the latest issue here: Seasons of Life Newsletter.

Contact VNSNY Hospice About Grief Support

For more information about VNSNY’s bereavement services, please email us.


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