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. We also offer a series of bereavement groups, evening talks and discussion on grief topics, booklets about grief, visiting bereavement volunteers, and an annual memorial service. 

Bereavement Groups & Programs

The following programs take place at the Dorothy B. Kraft Center in Paramus. For more information or to register, call 201-291-6395 (except where noted).

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.

Pathways

Pathways is a bereavement group for those whose loss is less recent. It is appropriate for those who lost a loved one at least four 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 meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month. It is preferred that attendees first complete New Start before attending Pathways.

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 a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), 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 interactive discussion.

Pediatric Art Therapy Program

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. Learn more about the Pediatric Art Therapy program. 

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.