Press Release: “Grief and the Holidays” programs


“Grief and the Holidays”
Community Support Programs

BUFFALO, NY– During the holidays, we are accustomed to finding ourselves surrounded by the love and warmth of family and friends. We cherish the depth and beauty of these connections and attribute meaning to our shared traditions and rituals. We anticipate togetherness, celebration, comfort, laughter and joy, but for those who are grieving or have a seriously ill loved one, the holidays can magnify the feelings of loss and elicit sadness, distress, anxiety, uncertainty and fear. It may seem impossible to maneuver through festivities, knowing that the holidays will not be as they once were.

The Wilson Support Center is offering Grief and the Holidays programs as a resource to assist you during this time. The programs provide guidance to help you cope with your grief and opportunity to remember and honor your loved one.

In the meantime:
• Be gentle with yourself and give yourself permission, space and time to decide what is best for you and your family unit.
• Advocate for your needs and accept help.
• Consider options to both maintain the old and create new tradition.

Remember, there is no manual -- no right or wrong, nor any template from which you should mold your grief or your holiday.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.
WHERE: Hospice Buffalo Education Center, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227


Tuesday, November 5
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
RSVP by Friday, November 1
Presented by Wilson Support Center Grief Counselors

Thursday, December 3
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
RSVP by Friday, November 29
Presented by Hospice Buffalo Spiritual Care Team

RSVP: To register for either or both programs, please call (716) 901-0289 or email

The Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Support Center provides grief support that is sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of people in Western New York who are grieving the loss or death of a loved one, offering professional and peer support groups, coping strategies, resources, and education. The Wilson Support Center is an affiliate of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (Hospice Buffalo), one of the largest non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations in the nation, serving nearly 1000 patients daily throughout Erie County.

MEDIA Contact:
Clarice H. Otminski
Director of PR & Community Marketing
716-989-2072 office | 716-512-9325 mobile