Pastoral Care Ministry

Bereavement  |  Caregiver Resources  |  Certificate Programs  |  Disabilities |  Elder Abuse
Eldercare-Resources to Help Elders Remain In Their Homes  |  End of Life  | Financial Resources for Seniors
Housing Issues for Seniors  |  Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death
Pastoral Care |  Pastoral Care Referral/Mental Health  |   Seinor Health Resources  |  Suicide

AARP Grief and Loss Page: Offers articles on bereavement as well as information on finances, paperwork, and other practical issues which bereaved persons often face.
Alive Alone: An organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parents, whose only child or all children are deceased, by providing a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing, to assist in resolving their grief, and a means to reinvest their lives for a positive future.
Ave Maria Press: Offers many pastoral and religious ministry books and items, including bereavement resources: 800-282-1865 X1 or avemariapress.1@nd.edu
Bereavement Resource Guide 
Bereavement Resource Guide Books for Professionals 
Bereavement Resource Guide Children's Books
Bereavement Resource Guide Teen Books
Bereavement Resource Guide Websites
CareNotes: Sells "CareNotes" booklets and other good, well-written resources which mainly help people deal with grief and illness; 1-800-325-2511
The Centering Corporation: Many good books and other resources on grief and bereavement; dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved: 1-866-218-0101

    Coping with the High Cost of Dementia: The Early Stage
    Coping with the High Cost of Dementia: The Middle Stage
    Coping with the High Cost of Dementia: The Final Stage
    Financial Resource Guide For Dementia Care
    Legal Planning for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families: The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families: Provides support and resources for children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death, and an interactive search engine for grief support centers near you
End of Life: Dealing with Grief and Confronting Painful Emotions
End of Life: Infant Death
Footprints Ministry
Grief Digest Magazine: published by The Centering Corporation (see above); quarterly magazine supporting grieving people and caregivers: 1-866-218-0101 or Grief Digest at Centering.org
Grief Healing: Website offering information, comfort and support to the bereaved; also offers online e-mail courses about grief
GriefHelp: Website offering a free downloadable grief resource guide titled "Road to Recovery"
Grieving the Loss of a Sibling
Helping Grieving Children and Teenagers
Helping Children Cope with Death
Hospice Grief Services
Major Depression and Complicated Grief
In-Sight Books: Offers grief books and other resources, as well as resources on elder care transition; 800-658-9262
Living With Loss Magazine: A magazine with articles, stories, and poems by the bereaved for the bereaved; also offers booklets, books, cards, and other helpful materials; 1-888-604-HOPE (4673)
Moyer Foundation 
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
New Hope: Offers many resources and book suggestions, especially for widows and widowers;
Online grief support groups - Legacy Connect
Pauline Books & Media: Offers many excellent books on various subjects, including bereavement and grief; 617-676-4458 or 1-800-836-9723 (ordering from a parish)
Professional Resources for Grief
Rachel’s Vineyard: Offers weekend retreats for healing after abortion in locations throughout the world, year-round. This site also offers many good resources, books, etc. for the bereaved:
The Sibling Connection
Tom Golden's Crisis, Grief & Healing
Ultimate Guide to Grieving Support Resources
Widow Net: Online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information; also includes many good practical links of interest to widow(er) for things like finances, taxes, and legal issues
Young Widow: Offers resources, bulletin board, information on finding a support group, and general forum for widows and widowers

Caregiver Resources

Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes
American Health Care Association
Assisted Living Federation of America
Leading Age
Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC)
Nursing Home Abuse Support
Six Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a Nursing Home


Caregiver Support
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
Eldercare Locator (from the Administration on Aging) or call 800-677-1116
Family Caregiver Alliance - National Center on Caregiving
Generations United
Links to Area Agencies
National Council on Independant Living
National Family Caregivers Association
National Rehabilitation Information Center for Independance
Next Step in Care - Family Caregivers & Healthcare Professionals Working Together
Senior Living - Find Senior Care Near You
The Best & Worst APPS for Caregivers
The Brookdale Foundation Group - Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)
The Well Spouse Association
Today's Caregiver Magazine


Home Care Agencies/Hiring Help
National Association for Homecare and Hospice
Someone Who Cares: a Guide to Hiring an In-Home Caregiver
Visiting Angels

St. Peter’s Health Partners
Eddy Senior Care/PACE
Eddy Visiting Nurse

  Learn More: ACL Programs
Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program
Lifespan Respite Care Program
National Family Caregiver Support Program

  Nonprofit Organization for Caregivers
Caregiver Action Network (CAN)

  Respite Services
Eldercare Locator
United Way

Certificate Programs
Geriatric Spiritual Care Certificate Program
Kateri Institute - Pastoral Care Track
Maria College Bereavement Studies Certificate
Maria College Bereavement Studies Certificate - Fact Sheet
Pastoral Care Formation and SkillBuilding Training
Stephen Ministry

Disability Resource
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
On-line resource to access about intellectual and other disabilities.
Assistive Technology Exchange
Site to facilitate transactions between residents looking for assistive technology devices and those who have assistive technology devices that are no longer needed.

Elder Abuse
Albany County Victim Services Resource Guide for Abuse in Later Life

Emergency Services
American Red Cross
This organization fosters emergency preparedness.

Eldercare-Resources to Help Elders Remain In Their Homes
Boomer's Roadmap to Aging in Place
Find Help in your Community
Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know
Home Repair and Modification
How Can I Tell What Home Modifications are Right for Me?

End of Life
A Catholic Guide to EndofLife's Critical Decisions: Advance Directives
Advance Directive
Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia-USCCB
Celebrating the Beauty and Fullness of the Roman Catholic Funeral Rites
Creamation Brochure
Now and at the Hour of Our Death - A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decision Making
Preparing for a Roman Catholic Funeral
Preparing the Children: Infants and Toddlers
Preparing the Children: Preteens and Teens
Respecting Cultural Beliefs
Spiritual Distress
To Live Each Day With Dignity - A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide, USCCB

Financial Resources for Seniors
Financial Resources for Seniors

Housing Issues for Seniors
Assisted Living Services and Amenities
Home Remodeling and Modifications for People with Special Needs
Housing Options for Older Adults: A Guide for Making Housing Decisions
Housing Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region
Information on Assisted Living
Making the Move to Assisted Living
Moving Tips for Seniors
Nine Point Program to Finding a Senior Living Community
Senior Advisor - Senior Communities in New York
Senior Living - Find Senior Care Near You
Senior Living Communities in the US 
Straight Talk for Seniors: Long-Term Care

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death
An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death
Baby Grief
Centering Corporation and Grief Digest Magazine - Grief Resources
First Candle - Local Support
Grace Happens
Healing Hearts - Baby Loss Comfort
Infant Death
Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death Grief Support Books and Other Resources
Stillbirth, Miscarriage, and Infant Death
The Unique Grief of Losing Your First Born to Stillbirth


At a Loss for Words (ADULT)- in Pastoral Care Library

This video provides information on how to help those you care for in a miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death experience. It teaches spouses, family members, friends, neighbors, and early caregivers - clergy, doctors, nurses, and counselors - how to help and what to say and do.

Pastoral Care
Be at Peace-St. Francis de Sales
Book Resources
Catholic Health Association
Catholic Health World - Current Issue
Chaplaincy Services, Albany VA Medical Center
Fall Prevention Awareness A community approach to reducing fall related injuries.
Hospital Protocol ‐ Parishioner Identification HIPPA
Pastoral Care Library
Ritual to share with someone unable to attend a funeral of a loved one due to illness

Social Media Apps for Visitation Ministers
Support Groups

Pastoral Care Referral/Mental Health
Pastoral Care Resources-NYS, County

Senior Health Issues
Guide to Medicare and Medicaid for Seniors
Guide to Senior Nutrition
Senior Health Resources
Veterans Benefits for Seniors


A Parents’ Guide to Suicide Prevention, How to Support Your High School or College Student
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Association of Suicidology
Book Resources
Suicide: A Resource and Healing Guide
Suicide Prevention Center of New York State    
Suicide Prevention: College Campus

Suicide Websites
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Office of Mental Health: New York State
Suicide Prevention Center of New York State