November 1, 2023

Support Groups

Bereavement Support 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.

If you would like to have a support group added to the website please email

Catholic Health Services of Long Island Bereavement Support Group
The group is held through CHS’s Good Shepherd Hospice. Good Shepherd Hospice is a major healthcare provider in New York State whose mission is to care for terminally ill patients and their families, facing life’s final journey, with an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers who treat the body, mind and spirit. Palliative care, hospice care and bereavement support services are offered to all residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Good Shepherd Hospice program is accessible to all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, lifestyle or economic status. Good Shepherd Hospice is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. For any questions regarding this group or to sign up, please call 631-828-7628 or visit|

Beginning Experience
This is a weekend experience designed for those of you who are grieving the loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death. This peer experience is designed to help you bring closure to the past and provide support and hope as you move forward. Find out more here.

This well-developed support program is offered in a limited number of parishes in our diocese for children experiencing loss through death or divorce. Rainbows has age-appropriate programs for pre-school-aged children through college-aged students with a program designed for step-families. These available programs run by the parishes are listed on our website in both the bereavement and divorced and separated webpage.

Rainbows offers online training to become a program facilitator in your parish that can be completed in the convenience of your home.

Rainbows Group for Children – suffering loss from death, divorce, military deployment of a parent or incarceration, –6 Sessions held in the Fall and Spring  Sunday Mornings at Notre Dame parish. To register call or email Dee Farishian at (516)326-3403 or

Resource List for Bereavement Counseling-If you need the service of a professional therapist you may contact me and I will provide you with various names for you to contact directly. These individuals that will be given to you are not under the supervision employed by the Diocese of Rockville Centre.