Hospice Grief Services

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Support Groups for grieving children & teens


Group Name

 2020 Dates/Times

Please Contact


Wave Riders

(ages 3-17)

    Mondays and Tuesdays, November 2nd-November 17th


Please call

 518-724-0200 or apply online.

Wave Riders - A weekly support group for grieving families.

The Community Hospice's Wave Riders program is a free weekly support group for grieving families with children or teens, aged 3-17 years old.

An application and in-person meeting are required:

Online Application - Printable Application

The award winning Community Hospice Wave Riders Program helps children (aged 3-17 years old) who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives, including a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend, learn to “ride the waves of grief” and work towards healing and growth.

Working in small groups facilitated by the professional bereavement staff of Community Hospice, children can recognize and express their feelings in a safe and caring environment, receive guidance and support as they adapt to changes in their lives and families, and build self-esteem by validating the normal feelings of grief.

Children feel less isolated as they meet peers their own age, who also are dealing with a loss, and through expressive art, music, games and discussion, they are able to work toward healing and growth.

The Wave Riders program is available at The Community Hospice locations, some local schools and community organizations. Families may attend any site they wish, regardless of residence.

Sessions are held once a week for six weeks, approximately one hour per session. All of our participants:

  • have experienced the death of a family member or friend
  • lost their loved one from natural causes, illness, accidents, overdose, homicide, or suicide
  • lost their loved one recently or years ago

For more information about Wave Riders, please call 518-724-0200 or apply online.

Grief Counseling

Family or Individual Support Sessions

The Community Hospice provides information and support to facilitate successful transitions through the grief process. Typically our counselors provide two to four sessions, then transitions to one of our support groups. Grief counseling is available for individuals of any age, or families, and is free of charge. Please contact us for more information, or complete an application.

Wave Riders Volunteers

Wave Riders Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for Wave Riders or The Community Hospice, please contact the location nearest you to register for the next Volunteer Orientation:

  • Albany, 518-724-0268
  • Catskill, 518-943-5402
  • Saratoga, 518-581-0800

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