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Bereavement Services

"At the end of the day, you can focus on what's tearing you apart, or what's holding you together." - Anonymous

Valley Home Care provides bereavement services for adults and children. The Valley team offers a series of bereavement groups, evening talks and discussion on grief-related topics, booklets about dealing with grief, visiting bereavement volunteers, and an annual memorial service. Referrals for individual counseling are provided.

Staffed by licensed social workers and chaplains, the bereavement services will follow the hospice patient’s family for 13 months after the patient’s death in order to provide them with the support they need through the first holiday or birthday without their loved one. Valley’s Bereavement Services are also available to members of the community that have experienced the loss of a loved one even if they were not on Valley Hospice.

For children, Valley’s Pediatric Art Therapy program is comprised of licensed art therapists who utilize creative methods to assist children with their personal grief and bereavement process.

New Start

New Start is a bereavement support group for families, spouses and friends of a recently deceased loved one. The group meets for eight consecutive weeks in the Kraft Building at 15 Essex Road in Paramus.

For more information or to register please call Valley Home Care Bereavement Services at 201-291-6395.


Pathways is a bereavement group for those whose loss is less recent. It is appropriate for those who lost a loved one at least 4 months ago and up to two years. With the guidance of an experienced social worker or chaplain, group members work through the process of mourning. This group is offered on the first and third Tuesday of every month in the Kraft Building at 15 Essex Road in Paramus. It is preferred that attendees first complete New Start before attending Pathways.

For more information or to register please call Valley Home Care Bereavement Services at 201-291-6395.

Stepping Stones: A Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost a Child

Grief is a natural response to the passing of a loved one. But nothing is more devastating than the loss of a child. That’s why Valley Home Cares Maternal Child Health program is augmenting its groundbreaking Butterflies program with a Support Group designed to address the particular needs of parents who have lost a child.

Stepping Stones is an ongoing support group designed to provide a safe setting where parents can get support, come to terms with their loss, and begin to work towards healing. By understanding the unique nature of grieving over the loss of a child and sharing their experiences with others in similar situations, explains Mary Ann West, Butterflies Coordinator, parents can begin to pick up the pieces and rediscover a sense of purpose and meaning.

Facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Stepping Stones will meet twice a month beginning in October. The group is open to all parents who are grieving the death of a child age 22 or younger. Each 90-minute session will begin with the exploration of a topic related to grief and healing, followed by interactive discussion. Topics may include:

  • understanding the differences in how family members deal with loss,
  • helping siblings cope with grief,
  • getting through holidays and special occasions,
  • avoiding blame,
  • the importance of nurturing yourself,
  • utilizing support systems, and
  • sharing positive memories.

This group meets in the Kraft Building at 15 Essex Road in Paramus.

For more information or to register please call Valley Home Care Bereavement Services at 201-291-6395.

Valley Hospice and Christian Health Care Center: Faith & Grief Luncheon
Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff and Valley Hospice are hosting Faith & Grief Luncheons to provide opportunities for those mourning the loss of a loved one to gather together and be strengthened through sharing and reflection. The luncheons are offered the third Wednesday of every month.

Register at For more information, contact the Christian Health Care Pastoral Care Department at (201) 848-5839 or email


Pediatric Art Therapy
Click here to learn more about our Pediatric Art Therapy Program at Valley.

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Paramus, NJ 07652
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