Here with Support – Before, During & After
Hospice Bereavement is here to provide support, guidance, and education through a variety of grief programs. Caring and support from Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo continues long after the death of your loved one. The families and loved ones of Hospice patients are eligible to receive complimentary bereavement services for 13 months from the date of loss. Hospice grief support is provided by licensed health professionals.
All Hospice Bereavement services are covered in full under the Hospice benefit. You will never be charged for services provided by the Hospice Bereavement following the death of your loved one who was under hospice care.
Since we recognize that everyone copes with transitions in different ways, we provide the following options for support:
Individual counseling is available for 13 months following the death of a loved one in Hospice. Most grief counseling sessions occur at the Wilson Support Center located at 150 Bennett Rd. in Cheektowaga. Sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday, with evening hours on Tuesdays. They are available to adults, family, and children (ages 5+). You and your counselor will determine the frequency following your initial assessment.
Hospice Bereavement Support Groups
Hospice support groups provide you with a safe place to grieve with others who have experienced a loss within the past year. Many find comfort and validate their thoughts and feelings in support groups. Hospice Bereavement groups meet at various times for your convenience. We also offer additional groups for individuals who have transitioned into their second year of grief. There is no charge or advanced registration for these groups. All Support Groups are held at the Wilson Support Center, located at 150 Bennett Rd.
Bereavement Support Groups for individuals during the first 13 months after loss:
- 1st Thursday of each Month 2:30 – 4 pm
- 3rd Monday of each Month 5:30 – 7 pm
- 4th Monday of each Month 10:30 am – 12 pm
Time Specific Groups
Early-Bereavement Support Group (within the first 4 months of loss)
- 2nd Wednesday of each Month 5:30- 6:30 pm
Second-Year Support Groups
- 1st Tuesday of each Month 5:30 – 7 pm
- 2nd Tuesday of each Month 10:30 am – 12 pm
During your first 13 months of bereavement, all individuals are automatically enrolled in our Bereavement Program and will receive a newsletter every few months. This newsletter follows clients alongside their grief journey, providing an additional support to help you through the grieving process. Information about functions and updates will also be included in these mailings.
Time of Remembrance
Bereaved caregivers will be invited to a memorial service in the months following the death of a loved one. Invitations will be mailed to the primary caregiver enrolled in our bereavement mailing program. This service provides you with an opportunity to join with other Hospice families in remembering your loved one.