Grief Circle

Loss is hard.

Many of us may experience the death of a loved one, friend or family member at some point in our lives. How we manage our loss is different for every individual and it is generally accepted that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. The Caring Circle grief support group is a safe place to share and receive support on how to cope following a loved one’s death. The smiles, the laughter, the vacations; even the cries and disagreements are gone-and the prospect of living without the ones who joined in them can be daunting. But you’re not alone! IHMC’s Community Counseling Circle developed a new circle community to help you pass through the rivers of grief and get to the other side.

The Community Counseling Circle launched “The Caring Circle: Your Journey to Hope and Healing,” as a grief support group. The 9-week grief group, run by trained facilitators of color, supports people aged 25-years who have lost a loved one. The program completed its second round of service December 24, 2023. See our Community Counseling program to access mental health services.

Attend a weekly, one-hour session on Mondays or Thursdays at 1 Favor Street. Please note: the building is not handicapped accessible and no childcare is provided. Understand the five stages of grief and learn through shared experiences as you journey to hope and healing. Light refreshments will be provided but you are invited to bring your own meal. There is no cost to attend these groups but seating is limited. Call us at (585) 436-9397 or email: to register for the Monday or Thursday Caring Circle support group. The 2023 sessions have ended. Please see our Community Counseling program to access mental health services.

“Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” — Leo Buscaglia


2023 Caring Circle Meeting Dates

Mondays at 12PM
October 16, 23 & 30
November 6, 13, 20 & 27
December 4 & 11

Thursdays at 6PM
October 19 & 26
November 2, 9, 16 & 30
December 7, 14 & 21

“Our joys will be greater, our love will be deeper, our life will be fuller because we shared your moment.”
— Unknown