Grief Support

Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes, and at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.

In the days, weeks and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below, or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.

General Grief Resources Grief Resources For Parents Grief Resources For Children
  • Fernside Online - an online resource for grieving children.
  • The Dougy Center - the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. They provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

Paula M. Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Ordained Interfaith Minister. She has been living and working on the eastern end of Long Island for over twenty-five years.

She is Certified in Thanatology through ADEC (The Association of Death Education and Counseling, Inc.

She coordinated the social work services at St. Charles Hospice program leading bereavement groups and providing individual and family counseling. She also worked with East End Hospice until going into private practice in 1997.

She trained with and completed Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's "Externalization" program called "Life, Loss & Transition".

Paula lectures and presents workshops in the fields of death, dying, loss and transition, including how to prepare for our final passages.

Paula can be contacted by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (631) 283-6729

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Wading River, New York 11792

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