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We offer bereavement services for the families we serve. In addition, we have provided some helpful grief support links below:

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LOCAL RESOURCES:


The Compassionate Friends

Providing grief support after the death of a child.
Springfield MA Chapter
Baystate Medical Center, 3300 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01107-1112
Phone: 413-687-1073

Meeting Info:
1st Wednesday of each month 7:00 pm


Rick's Place

Providing support to grieving children. "Rick’s Place is a place of remembrance. A place where young people and their families can remember those in their life who have died."

35 Post Office Park, Suite 3514
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Phone: 413-348-3120


Baystate Health

"We believe that grieving the loss of a loved one can be a process of healing. Our bereavement support program offers a balance of supportive sharing in a group setting and informational sessions on grief and bereavement"

When:
First & third Thursday of the month at 10 am, and the second & fourth Thursday at 5:30 pm.

Where:
The Community Room
3rd Floor, Rm 335
3300 Main Street
Springfield, MA

Contact:
Facilitated by a Spiritual Services team member.
Phone: 413-794-2899


JFS of Western Massachusetts

There is no charge for the following Bereavement Support Groups. It is recommended for those who are at least four months past their loss.

Longmeadow /Springfield Area
1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield (JFS office on the Grinspoon Jewish Community Campus)
Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitator: Ann Carson, JFS Elder Guardianship Services Director with over 20 years of experience working with older adults.
Registration is Required. Please contact Ann, 413.737.2601 or a.carson@jfswm.org.

Northampton Area
253 Prospect Street, Northampton (Congregation B'Nai Israel Library)
Tuesdays: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Facilitator: Cathy Chandler, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator of Older Adult Services at JFS.
Registration is Required. Please contact Cathy, 413.455.1936 x104 or c.chandler@jfswm.org.


Beacon Hospice

Beacon provides support and comfort to families and friends of patients and guide you through your personal grief, and help you copy with your loss. Beacon's approach to hospice care creates a patient and family environment of hope, comfort, and dignity. This approach continues throughout the bereavement process, with services and counselors to help families heal.

815 Worcester Street
Indian Orchard MA 01151
Phone: 413-543-3133

1st Wednesday of each month, 5:00-6:30 p.m.


Empty Arms

Support for families experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss in Western Massachusetts.

Phone: 413-544-5922
emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com


Survivors of Suicide Loss - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP makes the support group listings directory for suicide loss survivors available as a public service and does not run, recommend, endorse, or fund any of the groups listed. In addition, we do not monitor individual groups and only update information as it is made available to us by the facilitators and/or sponsoring organizations.

Please follow up with the listed contact to ensure their group is still active and confirm both meeting times and location.

Meeting Place:
Forastiere-Smith Funeral Home
220 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts 01028

Meeting Time(s):
The group meets continuously throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly on the third Monday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Contact: Paul & Diana Lewis, 413-525-7752, dprof52@aol.com


ONLINE RESOURCES:


Crisis, Grief and Healing 

Webhealing.com, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.


GriefNet

With nearly 50 internet support groups plus a wide range of online resources, GriefNet provides support for those dealing with all types of loss. Their companion site, kidsaid.com, helps children and their parents deal with grief and loss in an appropriate and safe environment.


Willowgreen

Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality.  The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.


Grief and Loss

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.


Growth House  

Growth House is an award-winning website that offers international resources for life-threatening illnesses and end of life care. The site features hypertext topic pages that explain major issues across the spectrum of hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, grief, death with dignity, and quality improvement. It also offers disease-specific guides, an online bookstore, and even their own radio station.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.

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