Here to Help You Cope – Community Grief Support
Mary & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Support Center
Our mission is to provide grief support and education that is sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of our community. Information and resources are available to ANY individual experiencing grief and loss. Services are provided by licensed healthcare professionals and peer volunteers. Recognizing that everyone copes with life transitions differently, we offer the following suppport options:
- Group support
- Referrals for individual counseling
- Educational presentations
Community Grief & Support Groups
Are you grieving the death of someone you cherished? Overwhelmed by everything? Dreading the future? Our Wilson Support Groups will walk the grief journey with you. Whatever your loss, you are not alone. The following support groups are facilitated by credentialed professionals. Please click the monthly calendar in the right column to view upcoming dates and times.
Community Bereavement Group
Support for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.
Evening Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 6 – 8 p.m.
Daytime Group: 4th Tuesday of each month, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Adolescent Grief Support Group
Are you a teen aged 13-17 years old who has experienced the death of a family member or friend? We invite you to join together with other teens in a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental setting to explore the many thoughts, feelings and fears you might be experiencing. Grief and loss education will be provided, coping skills offered, and healing and comfort promoted through shared experience, insight, and remembrance.
DATES: Offered once a month, Wednesdays 9/25, 10/23, 11/20, 12/18
TIME: 7 - 8 p.m.
Registration required - please call (716) 901-0289.
Suicide Bereavement Group
For those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide.
Gather in a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental setting to explore the many thoughts, feelings and fears often experienced following death by suicide. Grief and loss education will be provided, coping skills offered, and healing and comfort promoted through shared experience, insight and remembrance.
2nd Tuesday of each month
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Widows and Widowers
8-week support group support for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant other.
Watch our monthly calendar for upcoming session dates.
After a Parent Dies
How do you move forward after you lose a parent — when your foundation is gone? You may find yourself focusing so much on your remaining parent, that you do not validate your own grief. If you are experiencing the loss of your second parent, you may also face the challenges of decision making and finalizing. You may experience difficulty with siblings or other family members during the finalization process. If you lived with your parent, you may feel lonely without them in your home. Your routines and holidays will be noticeably different. Overall, you may find you are feeling scattered, vulnerable and lost in a society that often does not understand your challenges or pain. This 8-week support group is tailored for adults who have lost a parent within the last 3 years.
Watch our upcoming monthly calendars for next sessions.
Registration and payment are required prior to start of session.
Storm Clouds and Rainbows
This 8-week support group offers kids ages 7–17 the opportunity to connect with their respective peer groups in a safe and supportive environment as they learn how to identify their emotions, communicate with key supports, cope with loss, and memorialize loved ones. Parents/caregivers connect separately to focus on the developmental needs of their children and to work through their own grief process within a supportive group dynamic. Together, families will explore their feelings related to grief and loss through the expressive arts as well as collaborative therapeutic activity.
Thursdays 6 – 7:30 p.m.
October 3 through December 5, 2019
Note: No session on 10/31 and 11/28
Fee: Free, but registration is required prior to start of session.
Camp Blue Skies
Campers will engage in therapeutic arts activities to support expression, identification of supports and coping mechanisms, as well as opportunities for interpersonal connections, meaning-making and legacy. Feelings and responses related to grief and strategies to assist with the lifelong impact of grief will be explored within a shared experience.
Camp Blue Skies welcomes children and teens, ages 7 through 17 in Western New York, who have experienced the death of a loved one at least three months prior to the beginning of camp.
Highlights of the weekend include: team-building and adventure activities, art and music experiences, bonfires, and much more. Campers will leave with new supports, treasured resources, and most importantly, cherished memories of friendship and tribute to their loved one.
Drop in to find out what Camp is all about! Meet with camp staff & volunteers who will provide you with a snapshot of the weekend and assist you with the registration paperwork.
When: Thursday, August 15
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hospice Buffalo’s Education Center,
225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga
When: September 13 – 15, 2019
Where: Cradle Beach Camp
8038 Old Lake Shore Road, Angola, NY 14006
Registration deadline: Friday, August 30
Call 716-901-0289 for more information.
Grief and The Holidays
The holidays are traditionally a time of family, laughter and joy. But for people who are grieving, or for those with a seriously ill loved one, the holidays can be a time of mixed emotions. As the holiday season approaches, this group program offers methods to help you cope with the extra demands of the season.
When: Watch for November and December 2019 calendars for upcoming dates.
Peer-led Support Groups
For more information, please contact the individuals listed in each group. Programs are FREE and held at the Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Support Center, unless otherwise specified.
Adult Sibling Support Group
Bereaved Parents of the USA
Contact Tony & Bernie Misita
The FRAT (Fathers Rallying Against Tragedy)
Contact Joe at 716-213-3277 or email@example.com
A peer-to-peer monthly support group for families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still–birth and early infant death. Held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8 p.m. Contact Christine at 716-626-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org