Bereavement services for adults and children are an integral part of Valley Hospice. We follow families after the death of a loved one for 13 months.

Valley’s bereavement services consist of several support groups and special programs, including the annual Night of Remembrance and Finding Hope in the Holidays events.

We also have specially trained bereavement volunteers who visit individuals in their homes to offer an opportunity to talk about their grief.

All bereavement programs will be running virtually until further notice. To register or for more information on the groups below, please call 201-291-6246.

Bereavement Groups & Programs

NEW - Hope and Healing

Hope and Healing is a bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19. It runs in eight-week sessions, several times a year.

New Start

This introductory bereavement support group is specifically for newly bereaved individuals who have had a loss in the last six months. The group runs for eight consecutive weeks, four times a year.

Pathways

This group is open to those who are further along in their grieving journey. Pathways meets once a month, 12 months of the year.

Stepping Stones: A Support Group for 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, parents can begin to pick up the pieces and rediscover a sense of purpose and meaning.

Facilitated by licensed clinical social workers, Stepping Stones meets twice a month and is open to all parents who are grieving the death of a child age 22 or younger. Each 90-minute session begins with the exploration of a topic related to grief and healing, followed by an interactive discussion.

Missing Mom

This bereavement session is for daughters who have lost their mothers. The discussion group meets four times a year.

Journeys Pediatric Art Therapy Program

A bereavement group for children and teens ages 3-17, Journeys is led by licensed art therapists who use art and play therapy to help children with their grief and bereavement process. Learn more about Valley's pediatric art therapy program. To register or for more information, call 201-270-4587, ext. 2.

Valley Hospice and Christian Health Care Center: Faith & Grief Luncheon

Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff and Valley Hospice host 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 www.faithandgrief.org. For more information, contact the Christian Health Care Pastoral Care Department at 201-848-5839 or email dcioffi@chccnj.org.

A Night of Remembrance 

This annual event gives people who lost a loved one the opportunity to honor and celebrate their lives.

Finding Hope in the Holidays

This program provides helpful strategies for dealing with the loss of a loved one and how to best cope through the holiday season. The program will provide a discussion by our professional staff, and a remembrance service will be included in the evening.