Additional Support Groups

Compassionate Friends - Rochester Chapter

The Compassionate Friends is a nonprofit, self-help support organization for families who have experienced the death of a child of any age from any cause. There is no religious affiliation or membership requirements.

Meetings are the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month 7 to 9 p.m.

First Unitarian Church

220 Winton Road South

Rochester, NY 14620

A Caring Place

A bereavement program designed for children, teens and families who have lost a loved one. Age-related support groups led by professional facilitators with experience helping children and teens deal with their grief.

LifeTime Care

The Center for Compassion and Healing

311 Winton Road South

Rochester, NY 14620

Phone (585) 475-882

Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS)

KATS Provides free, compassionate, support and educational services to children and families coping with loss or serious illness. Available to families with children ages 5-18. Eight weekly sessions offered in Spring and Fall. 

Call for registration and meeting location. Contact: (800) 785-2135

Additional Resources:

Professional Support


A 24-hour emergency hotline in Monroe County with trained specialists offering crisis and short-term counseling, human service information, referrals. Contact: (585) 275-5151 or 211 from a mobile device.

Mental Health Centers at area hospitals and many agencies provide care on a sliding-scale basis.

Check with the following agencies for further details:


  • AGAPE Counseling - Phone: (585) 594-4800 or (585) 385-6030

  • Catholic Family Center - Phone: (585) 546-3617 

  • Family Service of Rochester - Phone: (585) 388-2320

  •  Jewish Family Service - Phone: (585) 461-0110 

  • St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Ctr - Phone: (585) 325-5260

  •  Spiritus Christi - Phone: (585) 325-1180 

  • Mental Health Counseling Group, (585) 473-2673


** We’re unable to keep track of what insurance coverage is available through each provider and each individual’s policy. Also -- check with your own physician to expedite the referral process. **