Support Groups

Bereavement Counselling

Our Masters-prepared Social Workers meet free of charge with anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. There is no requirement that the person seeking support is connected to a patient who was on the NDHH service. Sessions take place at the Nancy Dowd Hospice House in our library or can also be arranged to take place at a convenient community location. For an appointment, call 518-725-4545 or email heidi.parker@mvhcares.org.

Bereavement Group Sessions

The MVH interdisciplinary team hosts a variety of group support sessions for the newly bereaved and those living with losses that are not recent. Again, these services are free of charge and do not require a specific connection to a patient who participated in the The Nancy Dowd Hospice Home care team. For a schedule of group meetings, please call 518-725-4545 or email receptionist@mvhcares.org.

Soup Group

New in 2018, this is an informal interdisciplinary group that meets over lunch for supportive conversation and camaraderie. It’s a more informal approach to grief counselling. As with many of our ancillary services, there is no charge to participate. To make a reservation so we have enough food on hand, please call 518-725-4545 or email heidi.parker@mvhcares.org.

Grief Education at Local School Systems

A sad side effect of society’s escalating violence is the more frequent need for grief support and education for all ages. Our Masters-prepared social workers partner free of charge with local guidance counsellors in the neighboring school systems to provide educational resources and mentoring. Our team also offers to meet one-on-one with parents to coach them through the process of getting their children the resources they need to heal. For more information about this special community support, please call 518-725-4545 or email receptionist@mvhcares.org.

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