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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

Julia Soto
Phone: 518.285-8100

Saratoga and Washington Counties

Alycia Knowlton
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



The Community Hospice offers bereavement support free of charge.

Registration is required, and space is limited.  Please call for more information:


Support Groups Dates / Times Site Location Please Contact
Living With Loss Every 1st Tuesday, afternoons Albany 518-724-0200
Every 3rd Thursday, evenings
Daughters Group Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm,  April 2 - May 7 Rensselaer 518-285-8100
Living With Loss Tuesdays 5:30-7pm.  March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23 
Widow/Widowers Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm.   March 4, 18, April 1, 15, May 6, 20, June 3, 17
Living With Loss Every 1st Monday at 2:00pm with Joe Catskill 518-943-5402
Daughters Group Mondays,  6:30-8:30p March 16 – April 4 Saratoga 518-581-0800
Living With Loss Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 12:30-2:00pm
Living With Loss Every 2nd Tuesday, evenings with Amy Amsterdam 518-843-5412