Pathways to Care and Bereavement

Life threatening illness takes its toll not only on a patient but also on the patient's family.  With funding from UJA-Federation of New YorkPATHWAYS TO CARE provides compassionate individual and family counseling, homecare assistance and supportive connections within a Jewish context when people and their loved ones face terminal illness.

PATHWAYS TO CARE offers an array of services including:

            Support and Care Management
            End of Life Care 
            Bereavement Support Groups for individuals, families and communities
            Individual Grief Counseling and Psychotherapy
            On-Site Grief Counseling

PATHWAYS TO CARE also connects families to professionals who can give advice about critical decisions in a variety of areas related to personal, legal, health, insurance and entitlement issues. 

For information contact
Heidi Weiss, LMSW, Coordinator, Pathways to Care
Phone:  914-761-0600 ext. 141;  e-mail:

Bereavement Services are offered as part of the Pathways to Care and Bereavement Program. Staff provides individual bereavement counseling, psychotherapy and support groups, as listed below.  Groups meet at the HARTSDALE FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER - 141 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale unless otherwise noted. 

Programs in schools, synagogues and community centers are designed and on-site programs developed as needed.


Widows and Widowers Group

A six week group offered twice yearly on Sunday evenings
Call for times

Support group for newly widowed men and women
Meets first 3 Wednesdays each month. 12:30-2:00 PM. at Temple Israel Center, White Plains

Parents Who Have Lost an Adult Child
Group for parents at any stage of bereavement.
Six week support group - Call for times and dates

Suicide Bereavement Group
Twice monthly support Group for family members and friends of loved ones who have committed suicide.
Meets every other Thursday evening, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Pregnancy Loss
For individuals coping with the loss of a baby during pregnancy. 
Offered twice yearly for 8 weeks.  Call for times and dates.

Young Widows and Widowers
Six-week support group for widows and widowers, age 50 and under, at any stage of bereavement.
Call for times and dates

Bereavement Support for Professional Staff - The Bereavement Center provides on-site professional consultation and support groups for bereaved WJCS staff, as well as staff at other organizations, who require support services when a client or staff member has died.

On-Site Grief Counseling - When a community suffers a loss that has far-reaching affects, the Center can provide on-site counseling to help people cope. Set up on an as-needed basis at places of worship, schools, corporations or community centers, these grief counseling sessions offer support to groups that are dealing with the loss of a community member or members.

Bereavement Support Groups
Groups organized for any type of loss available upon request.

141 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale unless otherwise noted.
Participants are requested to make a $10 donation per session.

Contact: Nicole Ruggeri, Bereavement Services Coordinator
Phone: 949-7699 x325 Email:

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