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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.**


For articles, activities and resources on supporting grieving children and teens, please check out the Eluna Resource Center -


Wave Riders Group Schedule


Community Hospice

295 Valley View Blvd

Rensselaer NY 12144


Wave Riders


July 9th - August 13th

5:00pm - 6:00pm



apply online.

Wave Riders 2024


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.

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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