In addition to the bereavement services for the families we serve, we have provided some helpful grief support links below:
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS:
Good Samaritan -1000 Montauk Highway West Islip, NY 11795 (631) 376-3000
Support groups are formed to provide emotional and moral support for those experiencing a common situation. For those stricken with an illness, support groups offer a safe haven where a patient and/or family can go to overcome some of the psychological trauma that accompanies a diagnosis. The individual can look to others in the same situation to share concerns, realize they are not alone and find comfort in the fact that others have the same feelings and fears as their own. Group leaders facilitate an environment of concern for those seeking assistance. Various groups meet on topics including cancer, parenting, diabetes and other disease entities.
Since its inception in 1996, this unique patient service program provides much needed stress relief for breast cancer patients currently in treatment and their families confronting diagnosis and ensuing treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation. In spring 2007, the BBCC expanded the LAHH program to include Babylon Township women undergoing treatment for all types of gynecological cancers.
In 2004, the BBCC introduced the SOS, a program dedicated to help those who have lost a loved one residing in Babylon Township to breast or gynecological cancer. SOS offers services such as financial assistance with funeral expenses, child care expenses, prepared food, and house cleaning.
Catholic Charities Suffolk County Bereavement Groups
Many parishes, hospitals and community organizations offer support groups for you to participate in where you can gather together in community and gain strength and find solace from members of the group. These groups, special events and workshops with specific contact information are on our weekly listings below
Bereavement Team offers two general bereavement programs, one in the spring and one in the fall. There is also a Young Widow/Widowers bereavement program offered on an as needed basis. The programs each run for 8 weeks and are offered at no cost to the bereaved, although registration is required. Attendance in a group should be at least 3 months after the death of a loved one. These programs are open to anyone, regardless of their faith background or parish affiliation. These groups are facilitated by trained volunteers who have extensive training working with the bereaved. Crisis Intervention Counseling is available for grieving parishioners on a limited basis to assist them through the waiting period until they can join in a Bereavement Support group and or obtain private or individual counseling. The bereavement team offers a Holiday Help Program in mid November as additional support to those struggling through the holidays. Saint Mary?s invites a qualified speaker, provides hand outs pertaining to the holidays and has trained volunteers on hand to speak with the bereaved. The bereavement team also offers a once a month After Care Support Group for anyone who has previously attended any structured bereavement program. Meetings are scheduled the second Thursday of each month. Specific topics relating to many life issues for the newly and not so newly bereaved are discussed. The second half of the program is a social opportunity allowing support and sharing to continue.
An 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.
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.