Hospice Grief Services

Free support for anyone grieving the death of a family member or friend.  Please call 518-724-0200

Wave Riders - Support Groups for grieving children

2018 Schedule
Please Contact 
 Rensselaer Hospice
295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer
Thursdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
June 21 - July 19, 2018
Oct 4 - Nov 1, 2018
Dana Carll
Saratoga Hospice
179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs
Monthly, every last Thursday
April 2018 To October 2018
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meg Parobeck
Catskill Hospice
47 Liberty St, Catskill
 Monthly, every first Tuesday
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Joe Zanchelli
 Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
1270 Belmont Ave, Schenectady 
 Mondays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Oct 15 - Nov19, 2018
Amy Burkert


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

Please call Dana Carll, LMHC at 518-285-8137 for more information about Wave Riders.