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Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

  • (716) 568-3777
    (loss of an adult)
  • (716) 568-6653
    (loss of a child)
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Bereavement Services (Adult or Child)

Living through the process of grief is a natural, though, painful experience; the best thing to do is to allow grief. To do this effectively, consider some of these actions:

  • Seek out caring people
  • Express your feelings
  • Care for your health
  • Postpone major life changes
  • Be patient – there is no time frame
  • Seek outside help

Helpers Along the Way Support Group

Helpers Along the Way is a self-help bereavement support group, established to provide emotional support and education. Support groups are not therapy groups, but do provide an opportunity to share individual, yet shared, experiences of loss with others. An important part of bereavement and the healing process is the sharing of memories. The support group for adults provides a facilitated, compassionate outlet of social interaction as well as an open forum to discuss issues and questions about bereavement.

Meetings at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.; Meet in the Hospital Front Lobby
Contact Pastoral Care Services for more information: (716) 568-3777

The Loss of a Child

The loss of a child is an unimaginable sorrow and the impact it has on a family can be devastating. Millard Fillmore Suburban’s bereavement specialists are uniquely qualified to support parents in facing the pain of loss and of working toward healing. The process of grieving is a highly personal, individualized experience. Grief can be manifested in many different ways, such as:

  • Sadness and tearfulness
  • A heavy feeling
  • Trouble eating or sleeping
  • A profound sense of worthlessness, failure or deficiency
  • Guilt
  • Fear of getting pregnant again, or of having a healthy child
  • Short temper

There is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no time frame in which to complete the grieving process. The Bereavement Services staff do not state how to grieve or for how long. The program was established to provide counseling, compassionate support and education to those affected by the death of a child. 

The Caring Arms Support Circle

The Caring Arms Support Circle (CASC) is a program of several self-help perinatal bereavement support groups established to provide emotional support and create a powerful context for learning. The support groups are not therapy groups; they are opportunities to seek comfort and support from others facing the loss of a child.

Meetings at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.; Meet St. Gregory the Great Church Ministry Center (next to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital on Maple Road)

The Circle of Love: A Healing Garden

Healing Garden at Millard Fillmore Suburban HospitalBecause an important part of the bereavement and healing process is to create memories, the Circle of Love: A Healing Garden was created on the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital campus. The heart of this garden is a walkway paved in love and in memory of babies from conception to one year old. The walkway is composed of personalized bricks from families wishing to acknowledge the life of a baby and to create healing memories.