We provide grief support and education that is sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of our community.
How We Can Help
Grief does not need to be carried alone. While grief is a natural and normal response after a death or significant loss, it may not feel accepted by the world at large. The Wilson Support Center is a place to find refuge and guidance, and provides individually customized support by licensed grief professionals as we recognize everyone copes with grief differently. Anyone is eligible to call and receive support.
Contact us at 716-836-6460 for our current offerings and schedule.
Upon calling our team, a team member can provide telephone support by answering questions, linking with programs and providing guidance when appropriate. It can be invaluable to speak with a counselor to receive individualized, one-on-one support.
It can be invaluable to speak with a counselor to receive individualized, one-on-one support. The Hospice Bereavement benefit includes 13 months of individualized counseling. For those seeking grief support outside of the Hospice benefit, we have a database of local counseling referrals to offer direct support linkage within the community.
Engaging in a support group offers the opportunity to share and connect with others in similar circumstances. We offer a variety of support groups through our center.
Early experiences of grief present unique challenges, but can also present the opportunity to ensure young ones learn healthy outlets for their emotions. We hold youth-specific programs and provide developmentally appropriate resources to support children and their caregivers.
It is important to understand not only the multifaceted grief experience, but healthy grief and how to take care of those emotions. We have a library of resources -- such as handouts, books, and videos -- that can help you make sense of what you’re feeling and further determine what you need.
If your workplace would benefit from grief and loss education, we can present contemporary information that is customized to your setting.
Hospice Bereavement Services
When an individual dies under the care of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, those in their support system are eligible to receive 13 months of bereavement services. There is no cost nor need to provide proof of insurance. Support is available to all ages and may be combined with other Wilson Support Center programming.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, our services have been amended to include the following:
- Individual counseling via phone or virtual sessions
- Virtual support groups - call 716-836-6460 to register
- Supportive telephone contact
- Grief Journal mailings
- Virtual memorial events
- Location-specific bereavement referral for individuals residing outside of Erie County
- Reciprocal bereavement benefits for individuals residing in Erie County served by a hospice in another county
as a Community
Crisis Services and Mental Health Counseling
Free Mental Health & Trauma Counseling
Counselors are currently available at Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion located at 1100 Jefferson Avenue
from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. at this drop-in center through May 27th. No appointment needed.
Family members and community residents will find free counseling, support, and someone
to talk to. Services for children are available.
Services provided through Erie County in partnership with,
Best Self Behavioral Health
Endeavor Health Services
Crisis Services and Spectrum Health & Human Services
Say Yes Buffalo
The Community Health Center of Buffalo: Counselors are currently available.
Anyone seeking services can call (716) 986-9199.
Crisis Services 24-Hour hotline (716) 834-3131
Crisis Services Text hotline (716) 300-2338 (available Mon-Friday, 6-11pm)
Kid’s Helpline (716) 834-1144
Buffalo & Erie County Addiction Hotline (716) 831-7007
Additional information and resources as well as distinct materials for children and youth,
coping and self-care can be found at,
Learn More About Grief
After Losing Your Significant Other➝
Tips for Survivors of Disaster➝
Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event➝
Childrens Grief Awareness Day➝
When a Child Dies, A Loss Like No Other➝