Bereavement Support

VNA & Hospice offers a variety of bereavement support programs for youth and adults.

Note: For the drop-in groups, there is an email that goes out ahead of each group meeting. If you would like to be on the email list for any particular group(s), please contact Shelly at 413-727-5749 or slenn@mgb.org.



Youth Groups

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden provides support to grieving young people ages 5-18, and their families following the death of someone close, including parents, siblings, other family members, or friends. We have an on-site program for the whole family and support area schools with our outreach program. There are no limits on how, where, or when the death occurred. Our aim is to give grieving young people a safe place to share, remember and connect with others who are also grieving.

Call us at 413-727-5749 or click here for more information.



Adult Groups

Walking Group

An in-person, drop-in Walking Group for bereaved adults that takes place at Childs Park in Northampton. This group aims to meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 10:30 – 11:30 am. The next group meets on Friday, June 14, 2024. These walks are weather-dependent. After a brief welcome, bereaved adults walk, share, and connect around their grief experience. Please keep in mind that this is a walk where we intend to walk at the pace of our slowest walker(s) and isn’t meant for a cardio workout.

Call 413-727-5749 or click here for date/location information.


Expressive Bereavement Arts Group

This virtual, drop-in Expressive Arts Group for bereaved adults meets monthly on the last Tuesday from 5 – 6:30 pm. The next group meets on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. 

This group offers a safe space for each participant to work on a collage aimed at supporting their grief journey using the prompts provided. Recognizing that the word “ART” can be scary for some, this group isn’t about what is made, but instead about one’s individual and unique process. Following a short work session, time is allowed for sharing.

Supplies needed include note card-sized paper, magazines, glue, and scissors. Other items and mementos can be used as well. Adults only and free of charge.

Call 413-727-5749 or click here for a Zoom link and more information.


Book Group

A virtual, drop-in bereavement book group for bereaved adults that tries to meet every other month on the 2nd Wednesday from 5:30-7 pm.  We discuss, share highlights, and comment on a book connected to grief and loss. Books are chosen at the end of each group. Adults only and free of charge. The next book group meets TBD.

The next book will be “It’s Grieving Room: Making Space for All the Hard Things After Death and Loss” by Leanne Friesen 

Call 413-727-5749 or click here for a Zoom link and more information.


Grief Support Group

This in-person support group for bereaved adults meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7 pm in 8-week sessions. The group consists of 5-8 participants and includes a mix of journaling, sharing, grief education, and learning coping skills. The group meets at 22 Atwood Drive, in Northampton, 2nd floor conference room. There is a required intake and commitment to schedule. Call or email with questions about this group. Free of charge.

Call 413-727-5749 for schedule and intake.


For questions or to learn more about bereavement support options, please contact:

Shelly Bathe-Lenn
Bereavement Coordinator, Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice
Director of The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens
168 Industrial Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 727-5749
(413) 584-9615


Bereavement Support Group Calendar