Day-long Bereavement Retreats: for grieving parents taught by grieving parents

The Family Life † Respect Life Office is sponsoring three special, separate, day-long bereavement retreats for grieving parents conducted by grieving parents: for the spiritual needs of parents whose children of any age have died by any cause – no matter how long ago. We are offering 3 pilot-retreats of the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, two at St. Joseph’s Seminary on February 11th and 25th, and one in Tarrytown in April at the Church of the Magdalene.

retreatDiane and Charley Monaghan started Emmaus after their own harrowing experience with the death of their adult son. No form of therapy or support groups could help their grief; they both grieved the loss separately and differently. Eventually they founded the ministry at the St. Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center in Boston, MA., and through generous grants, they are able to bring the ministry to other dioceses throughout the States. Charley wrote an article that is on the USCCB website here: The retreat is faith-based but about 20% of those who come are not Catholic.

To register, here is the link: If you have questions for the founder(s), Charley and Diane Monaghan, you can reach Diane here: 800-919-9332

Bereavement groups and resources around the five boroughs of New York City

The Baby Resource Center: After months of searching for a stillbirth support group with no success, we decided to be the change we wanted to see. Looking for mothers, fathers  and/or couples affected by pregnancy and infant loss who would like to meet once a month to vent, cry, share stories, photos, laugh and possibly be active in our community regarding pregnancy and infant loss awareness (Being an advocate is optional. We are aware that everyone may not be called to advocacy). #Paila #Stillbirth #Miscarriage #EtopicPregnancy #InfantLoss #ChemicalPregnancy #SIDS #SUIDS #NeonatalLoss

Pregnancy Loss Support Program of the National Council of Jewish Women: free counseling and support for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death, as well as to women who are pregnant following a loss. Our programs are open to all regardless of background, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

The Seleni Institute: offers counseling to women who are facing issues related to reproductive and maternal mental health. Services are available in English and in Spanish. Services are priced on a sliding scale, and you can fill out an application to receive help for free or at low cost.

Office: 207 E 94th St, New York, NY 10128. Call 212-939-7200 to make an appointment.

Center for Counseling and Mediation: offers individual and group bereavement counseling to adults and children over the age of 6. There are 2 Spanish-speaking therapists on the staff. They many insurance plans, including Medicaid. For those without insurance, one appointment costs $35. Main Office: 1 Hoyt Street, 7th Floor. Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 802-0666

Other offices are located at:

285 Livingston St., Brooklyn

810 Classon St., Brooklyn

115 West 31st St., Manhattan

To make an appointment: call 718-802-0666.

The Shira Ruskay Center and The New York Jewish Healing Center: Jewish bereavement support groups facilitated by a rabbi and a social worker. Groups for parents who have lost a young child meet 2nd Wednesdays of the month, 9-10:30 am (March 16, April 20, May 18 and June 15). Contact Amy Warren to register: 212-632-4693 or 135 W. 50th Street, Manhattan.

Westchester Sudden Infant Death Support Network: If you have lost a child to SIDS and are in need of emotional support, WJCS can connect you with a peer partner who has experienced a similar loss. As part of our support network, WJCS also has an ongoing SIDS loss support group. For more information please contact: Gillian Rittmaster, LMSW,, 914-761-0600 x142

Emma’s Place is Staten Island’s only not-for-profit Grief and Loss Center for children and families. Every community deserves grief and loss support. 347-850-2322

Faith-Based Bereavement groups and resources around the five boroughs of New York City

Parish-Based Bereavement Support (Free of Charge)

In Brooklyn:

St. Laurence, East New York: 718-649-0545

St. Vincent, East Flatbush: 718-859-9009

St. Francis, St. Blaise, Crown Heights: 718-756-2015

St. Thomas of Aquinas, Flatlands: 718-253-4404

Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge: 718-836-7200

Holy Family, Canarsie: 718-257-4423

Divine Mercy, Williamsburg: 718-387-0256

OL Mount Carmel, Williamsburg: 718-384-0223

St. Therese of Lisieux, East Flatbush: 718-756-1500 (Family and Individual Counseling)

Holy Cross, East Flatbush: 718-469-5900

Calvary Hospital, Bay Ridge: 718-630-6666

The Family Center: 718-230-1379 (Family Counseling/Women)

In Queens:

Holy Family, Flushing: 718-969-2448

Sacred Heart, Bayside: 718-428-2200

Queen of Martrys, Forest Hills: 718-268-6251 (No meetings in July or August)

St. Elizabeth, Ozone Park: 718-296-4900 (Spanish)

St. Francis DeSales, Belle Harbor: 718-634-6464

St. Margaret, Middle Village: 718-326-1833

St. Nicholas Tolentine, Jamaica: 718-526-5639 (Spanish and English)

Call and Talk to Someone: grief support by phone

CJ Foundation:  For family members who have experienced the unexpected loss of a baby before the age of one. Call to leave message and a licensed social worker will call you back within several hours. CJ Foundation provides individual counseling, referrals or a closed support group.You can also make contact by email. Services are available in English. 1-888-8CJ-SIDS (7437) x4 or

First Candle Grief Crisis Support Line: Call to leave message (including your name, telephone number, and city/state) and you will receive a call back within 24 hours. Counseling services are available in English. 1.800.221.7437.T

If you are overwhelmed, feel like you are in a crisis, or want to hurt yourself, call:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
To learn more about how this hotline works, you can go to:
You can also chat with a trained counselor online, 24/7, by using this website.

Bereavement resources for children

Death of a Sibling group in Brooklyn at St. Joseph’s High School (starts May 2017). Contact Joanne Romero for more information: 917-574-4941.

SIBSPlace–Free support for kids who are living with loss or a sibling with a devastating illness. Located in Hewlett, Long Island. Groups meet twice-weekly. Call 516-374-3000 for more information.

The Family Lives On Foundation distributes user-friendly bereavement education materials for grieving children and teens

The Center for Grieving Children assembled this helpful list of articles and information to use with children who have experienced loss:

Hello Grief is an online space for teens and tween to talk and share about grief.

Kids Aid is a site about grief and loss “2 kids 4 kids and by kids”.

The MISS Foundation offers online resources for grieving children who have experienced the death of a sibling

Cohen Children’s Medical Center has a page online that describes how children react to grief at different ages, and offers resources to help children as they experience loss:

Perinatal Loss

(Espanol) Enteniendo Su Perdida de Embarazo

Peer Support Partner Programs:

If you want to have a conversation with someone who shares your experience, the following organizations offer peer matching programs:

The MISS Foundation offers the HOPE mentor program:


The TEARS foundation provides Peer Companions who can talk over the phone.


Bereavement Support

  • Alive Alone – organization that publishes a bimonthly newsletter for bereaved parents now childless and networks parents with no surviving children.
  • Babies Remembered – advocacy work, bereavement support and referrals, resources and guidance for bereaved families
  • Bereaved Parents, USA – is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved be they bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
  • The Compassionate Friends – resources and support for grieving families
  • CJ Foundation for SIDSthe leading national non-profit dedicated to research and education that supports baby wellness, the CJ Foundation provides a supportive environment for grieving families who have suffered a loss. Supports research and education to eliminate the tragedy of SIDS and SUID. For support over the phone, call: 1-888-8CJ-SIDS x4.
  • Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope – putting a face on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss
  • First Candle: A national nonprofit dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies during the first years of life. First Candle provides a hot line where Grief Counselors are available 24/7 at 1.800.221.7437. Resources for grieving families can be found at
  • Glow in the Woods collects writing by parents who have lost young children
  • – On line support for grief and loss, including more than 50 e-mail grief support groups and two web sites.
  • Griefshare – seminars and support groups led by people who understand
  • Grieving Dads – A forum for dads who have had a child die to connect and grow.
  • March of Dimes – information about handling grief and loss
  • MISS Foundation –– Helps families who have had a stillbirth or early infant death through local support groups, camps for grieving kids, resources, newsletters and website. Resources for mothers, fathers, grandparents and children. 623-979-1000
  • Reconceiving loss –  – An online resource center for coping with pregnancy and infant loss.  Giving families the opportunity to heal, reflect and share.
  • Remembering Our Babies (October 15th) – The official website of Pregnancy and Infant Loss day provides support, awareness, and education, special day to remember all babies lost
  • Share –  serves those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. Has some materials in Spanish.
  • Simple Sympathy – Suggestions for words of sympathy and ways to comfort the bereaved
  • Silent Grief – support for the loss of a child, with many different message boards 
  • S.O.B.B.S.- online support group for families who have experienced stillbirth.
  • Star Legacy Foundation A nonprofit dedicated to stillbirth research and education, raising funds and awareness to enable better technology, education and research for families and heath care providers.
  • Still Standing Online Magazine – embracing life after loss and infertility
  • Sufficient Grace Ministries – support and materials for grieving families
  • TEARS Foundation offers emotional support via a peer support program as well as financial support for funeral expenses following the unexpected loss of an infant.