Hero Int

Grief Support

The Community Hospice helps more than the patient. Death of a loved one brings enormous changes to those "left behind". That’s why we incorporate grief and bereavement programs into all our services.

All of our grief and bereavement programs and services are free and available to everyone, regardless of whether the person who died was a hospice patient.

We offer individual and family support sessions, as well as groups for adults who’ve experienced a similar loss. We also offer special programs for children, including Wave Riders and Camp Erin.

And because grief comes in many ways, we offer a special grief crisis counseling team to help people in the community during trying times.

For more information, contact one of our bereavement team members:

Albany and Schenectady Counties

Sue Emanuele
Phone: 518.724-0200

Columbia and Greene Counties

Joseph Zanchelli
Phone: 518.943-5402

Montgomery County

Amy Weinar
Phone: 518.843-5412

Rensselaer County

Will Hannah
Phone: 518.285-8100

Saratoga and Washington Counties

Sarah Etkin-Sefcik
Phone: 518.581-0800

For More Details
Please download the pamphlets that will help you most:
•    Adult Parent Loss
•    Children and Funerals
•    Children’s Questions about Death
•    Communicating with Grieving Teens
•    Holidays and Grief
•    Holiday Tips
•    Life Partner Loss
•    Normal Grief Symptoms
•    Suggestions for Coping with Grief
•    What Does Grief Feel Like?
•    When a Loved One is Dying
•    When Someone You Know is Grieving



Our services are available to anyone, of any age, who has experienced a death releated loss.

For more information about our free bereavement services for adults, including grief counseling and support groups (listed below, an intake is required), please contact the location nearest you:

Support Group When Location Contact
Living With Loss 1st Tuesday, afternoons OR
3rd Thursday, evenings 
Albany 518-724-0200
Without My Partner 2nd Tuesday, evenings Albany 518-724-0200
Daughters Group Thursday evenings, March-April Albany


Living With Loss Every other Tuesday, evenings Rensselaer 518-285-8100
Widow/Widowers 1st and 3rd Wednesday, afternoons Rensselaer 518-285-8100
Daughters Group 6 week program in the Fall and Spring Rensselaer 518-285-8100
Living With Loss 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, afternoons Saratoga 518-581-0800
Living With Loss 2nd Tuesday, evenings Amsterdam 518-843-5412
Living With Loss 3rd Monday, afternoons Catskill 518-943-5402
Widow/Widowers 1st Monday, evenings Catskill 518-943-5402