Pediatric Support Services

The Community Hospice provides short-term counseling services for children & teens after the loss of a loved one. Please apply online, or call us at: 518-724-0200

**Email and online applications are not monitored 24/7. If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.**


Wave Riders Group Schedule

All via Zoom. All free of charge. Open to ages 3-17. Contact us for more information on how to participate by calling 518-724-0200, or 

apply online.

January Wave Riders Group   

Mondays and Tuesdays, January 11th- January 26th


March Wave Riders Group

Mondays and Tuesdays, March 15th-March 30th


May Wave Riders Group

Mondays and Tuesdays, May 3rd-May 18th


October Wave Riders Group

Mondays & Tuesdays, October 4th-October 19th 

4:00pm – 5:00pm

December Wave Riders Group

Monday & Tuesdays, November 29th to December 14th

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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. This group is free of charge.

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.

Upcoming Events

Eluna Community Conversation: Camp Erin Parent & Guardian Gathering

You’re invited to come together with other Camp Erin Parents and Guardians for a community conversation hosted by Eluna’s national Camp Erin Director.

Over 30,000 campers have attended Camp Erin, and behind every camper are people like you: an amazing network of adults and caregivers. The past year has been hard, especially for grieving parents. Eluna’s programs are built on the transformative power of peer support. Please join this unique opportunity to give and receive support from this national network of guardians navigating grief.

This one-hour virtual session will honor the challenges of the past year, explore what it’s like to parent while grieving, and offer tips for staying connected as a family. We hope to see you there!

What to expect: To create a relaxed but interactive environment, polls and chat will be used to create connection. You’re invited to have your camera on as comfortable to increase a sense of community.

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