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Community Grief Support

Our mission is to provide counseling, bereavement support, education, information and resources to anyone experiencing issues related to loss, grief and, death.

All of our services are provided by trained individuals with the primary goal of offering grief support that is sensitive, compassionate, and responsive to the needs of our clients. Our network of facilitators also includes healthcare professionals and peer volunteers.

Since we recognize that everyone copes with transitions in different ways, we provide the following options for support:

• Support groups
• Educational presentations
• Referrals for individual counseling

Grief Counseling & Support Groups

Programs below are held by certified mental health counselors.

After a Parent Dies

Support for adults who have experienced the death of a parent.
Thursdays for 8 weeks, 6 -7:30 p.m.
Fee: $80.

Community Bereavement Group

Support for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Are you grieving the death of someone you cherished? Overwhelmed by everything? Dreading the future? Our Community Bereavement Group is here to walk the grief journey with you. Whatever your loss, please know that YOU are not alone!
Fee: FREE!

Evening Groups:
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.
2nd Thursday of the month, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Daytime Group:
4th Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Storm Clouds and Rainbows

Support group for children and teens ages 7–17 and their caregivers to help them cope with the death of a loved one. This is an 8 week program; click on the "View Monthly Calendar" link at top of page for next session. 
Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $60.

Suicide Bereavement Group

Support for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one from suicide.
2nd Tuesday of each month.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: FREE!

Widows and Widowers

Group support for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant other. 8 Week Sessions: Monday Evenings or Thursday Mornings. Click the "View Monthly Calendar" link at top of page for session dates.
Fee: $80.

Peer-led Support Groups

For more information, please contact the people listed below each group.
Unless otherwise specified, sessions are FREE and held at the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Support Center.

Adult Sibling Support Group

Adult Sibling Support Group

Shauna Nealon

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Tony & Bernie Misita

Cancer Survivor Group

Support for men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Empty Leash — Pet Bereavement

Kym Call
716-714-5785 or www.emptyleash.com


The FRAT (Fathers Rallying Against Tragedy)

Joe 716-213-3277 or email jdjquin5@verizon.net.

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Contact Tony & Bernie Misita 

(716) 675-3844 

Cancer Survivor Group

First and third Wesnesday of each month
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Support for men and women who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer.

Empty Leash

Pet Bereavement
Contact Kym at (716) 714-5785 or

The FRAT (Fathers Rallying Against Tragedy)

Contact Joe at (716)-213-3277 or jdjquin5@verizon.net

Footprints on the Heart

The Footprints on the Heart program is held at M. Steven Piver M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness and helps families cope with the loss of a baby caused by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and newborn death. Click here for more information: http://www.chsbuffalo.org/Services/OBGYN/Obstetrics/PregnancyLoss

Healing Touch

Healing Touch (HT) is recognized by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) as an energy medicine or bio-field therapy. Healing Touch involves several techniques to balance the human energy field to help promote healing. It is a safe and non-invasive therapy that complements traditional, standard care.

Healing Touch is available for patients, survivors, and their caregivers. A certified Healing Touch volunteer uses a compassionate, heart-centered approach and works above or gently on the recipient’s body to restore balance on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Several benefits have been reported including decreased anxiety, pain, and depression, and increased relaxation and a sense of well-being.

Healing Touch takes takes place twice per month. Please call 716-836-6460 to register for one of three 30-minute sessions below. (We request that you check in 15 minutes before your scheduled time.)

Healing Touch session times

Session 1: 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Session 2: 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Session 3: 7:30 – 8 p.m.

Location for Healing Touch Sessions

The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care
Education Center in the Administrative Building
225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga

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Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr.
Support Center

150 Bennett Road 
Cheektowaga, NY 14227

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~ George, Buffalo

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