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Bereavement Services


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 Pediatric Art Therapy 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:

Compassionate Friends 
Providing grief support after the death of a child. Bergen/Passaic County Chapter. 4th Tuesday of each month at Mountain Avenue Auditorium at Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff at 7:30 pm. For information, call 201-567-0089. Note: Chapter also offers a sibling subgroup 18+.

Hope and Healing after an Addiction Death
A bereavement group for those who have lost a loved one to the disease of addiction.  Meetings will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 165 West Crescent Ave., Allendale on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 7:30-9:00 p.m. 

For more information, please contact:

Gail Cole at 201-960-4146 or
Patty Trava at 201-394-5287 or 
Lani Bonifacic, LCSW at 201-786-8572

Movin' On Group (Widows and Widowers Support Group) 
This group meets monthly from 12:30 to 2:00 pm to support widows and widowers. For more information about the program, please contact or call 201-652-6624.  Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ. Includes lunch and has guest speakers.

An informational and resource website for survivors of suicide. Provide online support as well as resources to local/national therapists. FindingUp was created by a licensed social worker who lost her husband of many years to suicide.

Rainbows For All Children
Rainbows' programs help children who are grieving the loss of a parent or guardian due to death, divorce, deployment, or trauma. Rainbows' trained facilitators, using age-appropriate curriculum, establish peer support groups in schools, faith-based organizations, or community centers. Call 1-847-952-1770  or visit for specific group information and locations.  Currently, there are groups in Ridgewood, Paramus and Bergenfield. 

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 at 1-973-497-4327.

Southeast Senior Center Bereavement Services
A social worker is available for individual or group support for seniors (55 years old and above) who are bereaving the loss of a loved one. Please contact Paula Gellis at or call 201-569-4080.

Spouse/Partners Bereavement Support Group (Cancer Care)  
A 15 week online support group is for people who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer. This group is led by an oncology social worker for people to provide support to each other and share resources and information. Call 201-444-6630 or click here for more information about this group.  Click here for information about other groups.
Survivors After Suicide
Professionally-run self-help 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, at Vantage Health, 2 Park Avenue, Dumont, NJ.  Contact Amy Knitzer at 973-978-3957, Pat Bonanno at 845-268-4130 or Vickie Simpson at 201-790-6080


Suggested Books:

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)

Other Resources:

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse Online Sourcebook
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Caring Connections - Grief
Resource for families facing terminal illness and loss

Compassionate Friends
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

Rainbows, Inc

SIDS Center of NJ at HackensackUMC

Surviving Suicide Loss - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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