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Catholic Charities Introduces Bereavement Support Group in Ossining First Meeting May 21, 7pm at St. Augustine Parish Hall

OSSINING – Catholic Charities Community Services is introducing a bereavement support group at St. Augustine Parish in Ossining. The group, especially for individuals who have lost a loved one to the disease of addiction, will meet at St. Augustine Parish Hall, 2nd floor (381 North Highland Avenue, Ossining) at 7 pm, beginning on May 21. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for June 4, June 18, July 9, and July 23. Additional dates will be announced once the group is underway.

Free and open to the community, the meetings will provide a safe environment for those who have lost a loved one to addiction to share and seek support without stigma or judgment. The group will be facilitated by Gae Savino, LCSW, CT.

“Unfortunately, not everyone wins their battle with addiction, and we often find that the family members left behind have much to cope with, including grief, guilt, and anger,” said Dr. Dean Scher, CEO, Catholic Charities Community Services. “But there’s no need for loved ones to go it alone. This bereavement support group, led by a highly experienced facilitator, offers an outlet for those who have experienced a loss to talk, share, and be supported along with others who have shared the same experience.”

Registration is not required to attend the support group, but is requested for planning purposes. To register, or for more information, contact Laura Brovich at 845.344.5565. Drop-ins are welcome. Additional meeting dates and locations will continue to be announced.



  • WHAT:  Bereavement Support Group
  • WHO: Catholic Charities Community Services
  • WHEN: Monday, May 21 (additional dates: June 4 and 18, July 9 and 23)
  • WHERE:  St. Augustine’s Parish Hall, 2nd Floor, 381 North Highland Avenue, Ossining
  • RSVP:  845.344.5565

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, as one of the human service agencies of Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York, is committed to building a compassionate and just society. Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, as well as immigrants, and the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Catholic Charities collaborates with parishes, Catholic, and non-Catholic partners alike to help people of all religions who are in need. For more information, visit