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Organizations and Support Groups

Finding Support After a Loss

Golisano Children’s Hospital Bereavement Support

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Golisano Children’s Hospital offers opportunities for bereaved parents to connect in both formal and informal settings. Through casual meet-up nights and more formal bereavement group meetings offered yearly, we aim to normalize the feelings of deep grief, provide opportunities for parents to talk about their children, and connect parents with others who understand the painful experience of losing a child.

For information on the next bereaved parent gathering, contact Liz Conrow at 585-275-8304.

Rochester Area Support Groups

Loss of a Child – Any Type of Death

Loss of a Child to Cancer

Infant/Child Losses

  • SAIL: A monthly peer-to-peer support group that meets on the third Saturday of each month and supports families through stillbirth, miscarriage, and infant loss. Contact Liz Conrow at (585) 275-8304 or by email at Elizabeth_Conrow@urmc.rochester.edu for meeting information.
  • Forget Me Not: A monthly peer-to-peer support group that meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month and supports families through stillbirth, miscarriage, or infant loss.
    Contact: Kim Doolittle at (585) 454-9299, or by email at  forgetmenotrochester@gmail.com

Loss of a Child to Congenital Heart Defects

  • Mended Little Hearts Angels: A once a month group that meets on the second Saturday of each month and supports families who have lost a child to a congenital heart defect.
    Contact: Lindsay Brooks (585) 698-5326, ljbrooks720@gmail.com or Laura Edwards at (585) 703-8359

Loss of a Child to Crime/Violence

Support for Grieving Children/Siblings

  • Dreams from Drake: A support group offered to children and teens who have lost a sibling or parent.
    Contact: Jamie Erskine-Pettit at (585) 225-5606 or Haverly Erskine at (585) 230-7109, info@dreamsfromdrake.org

More Information

If you need help finding support groups in surrounding counties, please contact Liz Conrow, Bereavement Coordinator.