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Mission & History

Our Mission

We believe that grief is a personal journey and that each person deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, accepting environment. Our mission is to create a safe and caring environment where both adult and child receive the special attention and support needed to move through the pain of grief toward hope and healing.

Our History

The Bereavement Center opened its doors in 1995, through the efforts of Jansen Memorial Hospice and The Junior League of Bronxville. The staff at Jansen saw the need for a community bereavement program in Westchester County, with a special program for children. It was because of their vision and leadership that The Bereavement Center began.

Since 1995 The Tree House, a cornerstone of the Bereavement Center of Westchester, has provided a safe place for children who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling. The Tree House was one of the first grief centers in the US created solely for children and their families.

We now offer a range of adult bereavement services, individual counseling, school and community crisis support and outreach to better support a range of bereavement needs.

BCW Tree House is a vital part of New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Hospital and its outreach to the Westchester Community. The Tree House program is 100% donor funded and individual counseling programs are a small fee.