Grief Counseling

On Campus

Hours: Monday through Saturday, with hours on campus by appointment.
Employee Assistance Program
Area Served: William Paterson University
Eligibility: Faculty, staff and their household members
Fees charged: Free

The EAP is a service for William Paterson University faculty and staff and their household members. The EAP offers confidential short term counseling and referral for problems ranging from work-related concerns to personal difficulties that affect an individual's everyday life. Trained counselors help with problems such as career issues, child care, elder care, family and workplace relationship problems, finances, health care, mental health, retirement, substance abuse, and Work/Life balance.

Off Campus

Compassionate Friends/National Office
PO Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
Phone: (877) 969-0010
Hours: 9 am - 4 pm, Mon - Fri (Central Time)
Area Served: National
Eligibility: Contact the national office for a chapter in your area. Information packets available
Fees Charged: None

Offers support and understanding to families grieving the death of a child. Contact the national office for a chapter in your area for more information.

Cancer Care/Counseling & Financial Assistance Programs
141 Dayton St.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: (800) 813-4673 Toll Free
Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, Mon - Fri, (evening and daytime support groups available)
Area Served: New Jersey
Eligibility: Diagnosis of cancer in self or family member, loss of loved one due to cancer
Fees Charged: None

Free professional counseling for patients and/or their family members and bereaved relatives. Helps families find appropriate home services and can provide some financial support toward the cost. Education and outreach programs provided through seminars and workshops. Support groups available.

Rainbows/NJ Chapter
55 Woodland Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 608-0888
Hours: 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri; answering machine 24 hrs/day
Area Served: Northern NJ and Central NJ
Eligibility: Pre K - High School children and single parent adults
Fees Charged: None

Rainbows provides a peer support curriculum for children of various ages who are grieving the loss of a parent due to divorce, death, separation, or abandonment. Offers grief support services primarily to children and teens, also to adults and single parents.


Care Alternatives
70 Jackson Drive
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: (973) 839-6636
Area Served: Morris, Passaic, Bergen, Essex
Eligibility: Terminally ill patients in need of hospice care
Fees Charged: Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances accepted

Provides palliative care (pain relief and symptom control) to terminally ill patients in their homes or in nursing homes or hospice centers. Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, health aides, clergy, therapists, and volunteers. Provides continuing support, including bereavement services, to family members after the death of a loved one.

North Jersey Counseling Centers/Randolph/Sparta
891 Route 10 East
Randolph, NJ 07869-1399
Phone: 973-252-5120 Randolph; 973-729-1667 Sparta
Hours: By appointment
Area Served: Morris, Essex, Warren, and Sussex
Eligibility: No restrictions
Fees Charged: None

Provides individual, couple, group, and family counseling. Anger management counseling. Workshops on stress reduction, anxiety, conflict resolution, building self-esteem in children, marriage and the family, separation and divorce, assertiveness training, death and dying, and crisis of middle age.