Grief Support Groups

The pain of losing a spouse, a parent, a child or other family member or friend can be profound. It can help to talk or share a meal in a warm, supportive and confidential environment with others who have experienced losses. Our groups are open to all individuals 18 and over.

Check out our calendar for upcoming events and support groups.

We offer:

Structured support groups. Led by a trained counselor, groups learn to understand the grieving process and explore experiences through writing and discussion. Offered in four- or six-session formats. For more information, call Donna George at 607-272-0212

Ongoing support groups. We have several groups that meet on a regular basis. No registration is required for these ongoing groups, although prompt arrival is appreciated. You can stop in when you feel you need to.. See our calendar or call 607-272-0212 for details on our ongoing groups.

Bereaved Parents Support Groups. Losing a child of any age is the most devastating experience. The Compassionate Friends meet at Hospicare and offer a monthly ongoing support group for bereaved parents and grandparents.

Special groups. At various times we offer time limited groups, usually with a particular focus. For instance in November and December we may offer a 3 or 4 week group about grief during the holiday season. These groups will be announced in our e-newsletter and included in our calendar. Pre-registration for these groups is required.

In case of inclement weather, please check our calendar and the listing for a particular event for announcements of cancellations. We will also post cancellations on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

For more information, call Donna George at 607-272-0212.

Why join a group?

Healing. Research shows that talking to others about a loss or trauma – rather than staying silent – is associated with better health, including a stronger immune system.

Hope. When you spend time in a group, you witness that others have survived a loss and figured out how to cope. That can help you feel hopeful that you, too, will be OK.

Structure. Daily, weekly or monthly activities can add structure to life at a time when a loss may have erased previous routines.
Practical information. Besides the considerable emotional toll, life after a loss can be hard because of new tasks or challenges. Other group members often have practical advice.

Friends. Groups often lead to lasting friendships. Bonds form when you find people who understand what it’s like to have a loss and who aren’t afraid to talk about the subject.

Read a personal account  by Edie Reagan, Hospicare spiritual care coordinator, on how a support group helped her after the death of her mother.