Calvary Hospital offers evidence-based bereavement support to anyone, of all faith traditions, cultures, and backgrounds, who has lost a loved one, whether at Calvary Hospital, Calvary Home Hospice, or the community at large. All bereavement support is free of charge, including ten discrete groups for adults, young adults, teens, and young children, and an annual week-long summer bereavement camp for children and teens.
The goal is to help participants find healthy, therapeutic interventions for expressing grief within a safe, non-judgmental, supportive environment, using pet therapy, journal writing, and more, to find ways of remembering loved ones and continuing with life.
The program serves 700 to 800 individuals each year through bereavement support groups (including a group for Spanish-speaking participants), grief workshops, educational programs, and Camp Compass for 85 children and teens. An additional 200 to 300 people are served outside the New York City metropolitan area annually through referrals and outreach. Additionally, a bereavement newsletter is published for more than 5,000 recipients, including those who have lost loved ones, and for counselors and funeral directors.