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


Laraine Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice for the last 15 years in Southampton, NY. Time For Teens, Inc. is a not for profit organization that was primarily created to hold an annual four day bereavement retreat for teens. Ms. Gordon’s innovation has been to create an environment geared toward grieving adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19. While specializing in helping teens, she is also available to assist adults through the grieving process.
“Having a private practice working primarily with teenagers, it has become apparant that there is a strong need for this service on the East End of Long Island.”
In addition to this bereavement retreat, TFT wil be holding acting and cabaret workshops throughout the year.

Contact us Time For Teens, Inc.
c/o Laraine Gordon P.O. Box 552 Southampton NY 11969
(631) 338-7258 
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