Bereavement Services

Helping you find the way through grief

We know there are many paths a person can take on the road to personal healing. Grieving the death of a spouse, a parent or a child can be keenly felt during the holidays, but support from loved ones – and trained professionals – can help. Click here to read the essay "Beginning New Traditions" about the help a Rochester man got from his family and from Lifetime Care bereavement programs.

At the Center for Compassion and Healing, we offer many forms of support to help you find your way through grief. We offer these services to anyone who is dealing with grief, whether or not they've had prior contact with our hospice care services. About 50% of those who attend support groups have had no previous relationship with Hospice. You enjoy full access to resources that provide reassurance, understanding and encouragement – including the Harris Beach Library and Resource Center at our Winton Road location in Rochester.

Every professional or volunteer you encounter has received special training in addressing the distinctive concerns of people dealing with loss or transition. They recognize that making a personal connection is essential to fostering healing and restoring wholeness. You may also schedule a private conversation with one of our trained bereavement staff or volunteers either in person or over the phone.

During the year, Lifetime Care also sponsors memorial observances, open to the entire community (as well as families served by Hospice). Experience tells us that commemorating the lives of those we have lost can be an important step on the path to healing.

2018 Bereavement Support Services Provided

Support for Individuals (Rochester): 5,849
Support for Individuals (Newark): 644
Total Contacts: 6,493


It Helps to Talk

Lifetime Care provides an extensive menu of support groups for caregivers and for the bereaved. Trained bereavement staff and volunteers are also available for one-to-one conversations, in person or on the telephone. Please call (585) 475-8800 for more information or to make an appointment. Click here for the list of current support groups.

For further information on Bereavement and Support Groups in Monroe County call (585) 475-8800. For programs in Wayne and Seneca Countries, call (315) 332-2563.

Ceremonies of Remembrance

These special gatherings invite families to celebrate the memory of loved ones who have died, and to acknowledge the enduring strength of their caregivers. Music, readings, family tributes and memorial rituals highlight the ceremonies, which are scheduled twice a year (Spring and pre-Holiday Season) in Rochester and in the Newark area. Please call (585) 475-8800 for dates and locations.