Although your loved one will never be forgotten, Hospice of the Finger Lakes offers opportunities to support and assist you through your time of sorrow and bereavement.  Everyone’s experiences are different, and you may desire support beyond your own family.  We try to meet your special needs through the following, all of which are provided free of charge to any of our Hospice of the Finger Lakes families and the communities we serve.

Individual Support

Our bereavement coordinator, social worker, chaplain and/or a volunteer trained in bereavement are available to regularly call or visit the bereaved person(s) as they desire following the patient’s death.

Community Support Groups

A variety of community support groups are available to the bereaved in our area as alternative options.  Their time frames and locations may be easier for you to attend. Call the Hospice office at (315) 255-2733 for referrals.

Memorial Services

Hospice of the Finger Lakes holds an annual service of remembrance for our caregivers and families who have lost loved ones under our care.  These services have proven to be very meaningful.  Invitations are mailed to all the families we have served over the years, and our staff looks forward to reconnecting with them.

Bereavement Support Group

Hospice of the Finger Lakes offers a six-week support group program twice each year.  These sessions are facilitated by professional counselors who provide a confidential and comfortable setting.  Bereaved people find comfort and support in listening and sharing with others who have experienced similar loss in their lives.  The date and time of these groups is announced in our bi-monthly bereavement newsletter, Pathways.  You can register by simply calling the Hospice of the Finger Lakes office at (315) 255-2733.

Camp Hearts A'Hoy

The mission of Camp Hearts A’Hoy is to help facilitate the grief work and healing for children/teens ages 7-14. Each summer, under the leadership of professional staff and volunteers, Camp Hearts A’Hoy combines education and fun as a model for healthy grief work. For more information, click here.


Educational Services and Materials

The Hospice of the Finger Lakes library has many books about grief and bereavement available to anyone; simply sign them out.  We ask you to return them within one month in an  effort to make them available to other bereaved people.


Pathways is a bi-monthly newsletter mailed to bereaved caregivers and family members.  This newsletter addresses timely topics related to grief issues, with ideas for how to cope with one’s own grief, as well as that of other family members.  It is also how we often announce Hospice of the Finger Lakes events for bereaved people.

Referral Services

Hospice of the Finger Lakes can refer bereaved caregivers and family members to a grief therapist or local psychologist who has worked with people experiencing unusual or complicated grief issues. Associated fees are not paid by Hospice of the Finger Lakes.


Family Services Manager: Sara Cashin, LMSW

Social Worker: Aleia Vasilaros, LMSW

Pastoral Care: Matthew P. Binkewicz, MA, CT

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