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Grief and Bereavement


Listen to the interview with Rev. Ute Schmidt, Manager, Spiritual Services and Clinical Pastoral Education, on grief and the holidays.

(ABC News 40 - November 17, 2014)


Check out the resources below for help during the holidays:



Baystate Health's bereavement support program provides weekly support groups that offer a balance of supportive sharing in a group setting and informational sessions on grief and bereavement. 

  • The meetings on the first & second Thursday of each month are dedicated to open discussion and sharing of experiences and feelings. 
  • The meetings on the third & fourth Thursday of each month focus on a particular topic. Usually the presentation
    of a professional will be followed by a discussion. 


Read more about all the support groups we offer.




The Community Room
3rd Floor - Rm 335
3300 Main Street
Springfield, MA


First and Third Thursday Meetings:  10:00 a.m.
Second and Fourth Thursday Meetings: 5:30 p.m.


Local and Regional Bereavement Resources


Aiding Mothers and Fathers Experiencing Neonatal Death (AMEND)

Offers free counseling services to parents who have experienced the loss of an infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.



Baystate Family Advocacy Center Homicide Bereavement Program  413-794-9816


Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice      

Contact the Hospice Bereavement Coordinator  413-794-6411


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Baystate Behavioral Health

For information and referrals for outpatient services such as individual, family, and group therapy 413-794-5555


Compassionate Friends

For families who have experienced the loss of a child 

National toll-free hotline: 877-969-0010


Massachusetts SIDS Center

Infant and Child Death Bereavement Program



Rick's Place Inc.   413-348-3120


SHARE Support Group for Families

For families who have experienced a stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal loss. 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm

3300 Main Street, Springfield, MA 413-562-1731


Social Services, Baystate Health

For support locating bereavement resources



Spiritual Services, Baystate Health



Baystate Health Link

Telephone health referrals and resources 413-794-2255


Springfield Department of Health & Human Services

Home visitation bereavement outreach for bereavement assistance following an infant loss, and for participation in our Fetal Mortality Review Program 413-787-6741


United Way of the Pioneer Valley Helpline 413-737-2691  888-894-8144


A Parent Directory