Hospice Grief Services

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

Grief Counseling and Support Groups at Schools 

We partner with local schools and community organizations to provide support services to anyone that is grieving the death of a family member or friend.  


These services are free of charge, but the following forms are required prior to the start of services:


  1. Printable Application – Can be completed by the legal guardian.
  2. Statement of Understanding –  Must be signed by the legal guardian.
  3. Authorization to Release Information – Must be signed by the legal guardian.

All documents can be faxed (518-285-8145), emailed (Tara.Hempel @ sphp.com) or mailed to us. 


Once we receive all the required paperwork, one of our bereavement counselors will contact you to schedule an appointment.


The following documents are optional tools, providing more information on our services:

  1. Letter to Families - explains our grief support service availability, and the required paperwork.
  2. Teacher/Staff Memo - may be used to encourage referrals from teachers or staff.
  3. Outreach Program Description - provides more information our grief support service options.

Please call Tara Hempel, LCSW for more information 518-285-8189.


Crisis Support

The Community Hospice provides support to neighborhoods and communities where sudden traumatic death occurs.


When schools are faced with the death of a student or staff member, the Community Hospice bereavement team is available to work with them to organize and implement their school crisis plan.


If the death is anticipated, the Community Hospice bereavement team provides in-service education to school staff regarding child and teen grief, how teachers and families can help prepare students, and how members of the school community can best support each other.


If the death is sudden, Community Hospice assists the school’s crisis response team with their immediate plan of action. They meet with staff to provide guidance and support in processing the crisis, and offer bereavement counseling when needed. They meet with affected students to support them and help them cope with the death, identify at-risk children and teens, and provide intervention or referrals to suitable professional providers when needed. They assist with plans to memorialize the person who died, and may lead a private memorial service for school staff members.


After the death, the Community Hospice bereavement team provides educational sessions about child and teen grief to families and staff, and offers individual or family bereavement counseling if indicated.


Please call Ciara Diemer, LCSW at 518-724-0200 for more information.