Bereavement is a response to any loss or death in which we are attached. It is a whole person response which involves our physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and behavioral aspects of ourselves. The Valley Hospital social workers are available to assist patients, family members, and the community connect to supportive services that can help them maximize their ability to cope through difficult times.
Bereavement services are an integral part of the services provided by the Valley Health System. Valley Hospice provides highly trained, experienced and compassionate staff to offer counseling services for all members of the family at any point during the loved one's illness and/or once the loved one is deceased.
Valley Home Care:
Bereavement services for adults and children are offered through Valley Home Care. Both group and individual support are offered. The bereavement program is staffed by social workers and chaplains. Through the Journeys program, the additional skills of an art therapist are used to assist children experiencing a loss. Call 201-291-6395 for more information on Valley Home Care's bereavement services.
Other Bereavement groups available in Bergen County:
AARP Grief and Loss Programs
Offers a wide range of resources and information on grief and loss issues to adults who are bereaved. Family members welcome. Programs include: one-to one outreach support (e.g. widowed persons service), a grief course, support groups, interactive online support group, informational booklets and brochures. 601 East Street NW, Washington DC, 20049
1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professionally-run mutual support group for seniors (55 years old and above) who are bereaving the loss of a loved one. Transportation may be arranged. Must be a member of senior center; membership is free. Please contact center to register.
Meets 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00-2:00 pm.
Southeast Senior Center, 228 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ
201-569-4080 or email: email@example.com
Color of Hope
Art and writing workshop for teens suffering a loss. Meets 4th Monday of each month. 6:00-7:15 pm.
Cancer Care, 141 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen/Passaic County Chapter. 4th Tuesday of each month at Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff at 7:15 pm. For information, call Doris at 201-567-0089.
Hope and Healing after an Addiction Death
Gail Cole and Patty Trava, along with the support and guidance of Lani Bonifacic, LCSW, are announcing the launch of a bereavement group for those who have lost a loved one to the disease of addiction. Gail lost her 22 year old son, Brendan, on January 4, 2014 and Patty lost her 21 year old daughter, Cate on February 2, 2014. There is currently no support group in Bergen County specific to loss due to addiction. Meetings will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 165 West Crescent Ave. Allendale on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 7:30-9:00pm.
For more information, please contact:
Gail Cole at 201-960-4146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty Trava at 201-394-5287 or email@example.com
Lani Bonifacic, LCSW at 201-786-8572
Partners Bereavement Support Group
Professionally-run support group for spouses/partners bereaving the loss of a loved one to cancer in the past year.
Group meets for 8 weeks, various days.
Cancer Care, 141 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ
Rainbows, Inc (NJ)
Call 1-800-266-3206 for specific group information and locations. The local group is at the Ridgewood YMCA. Contact Brigid Caffery at 201-652-5038.
Support for bereaved high school teens in high school who have lost a loved one through death. Educational, social, mutual sharing and literature.
Meets for 10 week sessions.
Creative Living Counseling Center, 37 East Allendale Ave, Allendale, NJ
Separated, Divorced, Widowed and Bereaved Catholics
Offers referrals to groups for emotional and spiritual support, and social activities for separated, divorced, widowed and bereaved men and women. Groups are sponsored by various churches throughout the county and are open to people of any faith. Family Life Ministry, Newark Diocese. Call diocese for group information.
Survivors After Suicide
Professionally-run group provides support for family members and friends of people who died by suicide. No Cost.
Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 7:15-8:45 pm.
Vantage Health Systems, 2 Park Ave, Dumont, NJ
T.H.E.O.: Support Group for Senior Widows and Widowers
Non-denominational support group meets at 7:30 pm the first and third Tuesdays at Church of the Good Shepherd in Midland Park, 497 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, NJ.
Awakening from Grief: Finding the Way Back to Joy - John E. Welshons (Inner Ocean Publishing, 2003).
How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies - Therese A. Rando (Bantam Books, 1991)
The Journey Through Grief: Reflections on Healing - Alan D. Wolfelt (Companion Press, 1999)
The Wheel of Life - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (Scribner, 1997)
American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse Online Sourcebook
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Caring Connections - Grief
Resource for families facing terminal illness and loss
National self-help support group after the death of a child
Good Grief Resources – Bereavement, Loss and Grief Resources
Grief Recovery Institute
Offers email support groups for adults and kids.
Growth House, Inc.
Offers resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care.
National Sudden Infant Death Resource Center
Surviving Suicide Loss - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention