HOPE FOR BEREAVED provides support and hope to thousands of grieving children, adults and families each year by offering one-to-one counseling, 13 support groups, telephone helpline, and HOPELine newsletter all free-of-charge to the bereaved. Families, friends, businesses and healthcare professionals turn to HOPE for training, guidance and resources. HOPE’s services and resources are used locally, nationally and internationally.

HOPE is a 501-C(3) organization. Our financial support is derived entirely from individual contributions, sale of resources, newsletter subscriptions, grants, and special events. HOPE does not receive annual funding from any source. Each year, HOPE touches the lives of 10,000 people of all ages in our community and beyond.

Therese Schoeneck founded HOPE FOR BEREAVED, Inc. in 1978 after the death of her daughter, Mary, in a car accident. At the time, Central New York did not have a support group available for parents dealing with the death of a child. Determined that something positive would come from Mary’s death, she formed a bereaved parents support group. Eventually, her efforts blossomed into the creation of Hope for Bereaved, Inc.–a not-for-profit community organization that is dedicated to providing its support groups and services free-of-charge to grieving children, adults and families in our community. HOPE also offers grief workshops & bereavement support for; daycare providers, employers (on-site for dealing with grief in the workplace),staff at hospitals/skilled nursing facilities, and special workshops on “how to help individuals with developmental disabilities cope with grief.