Grief & Healing | Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Grief Support Resources

Coping with a loss?

Help may be just a click away.

The emotional upheaval these trying times can cause is sometimes so overwhelming that even the support of friends and family may not help relieve the amount of sadness and grief you feel.

At 
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries we offer the following resources to help families:

Memorial Masses

Memorial Masses are held each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter to honor loved ones that have passed. Family and friends are invited to attend these masses. View our Events and News page for a Memorial Mass schedule and locations.

Memorial Day Mass
- Each Memorial Day we
 join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both active duty military and veterans. The Memorial Day Mass takes place at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie, NY. 

Little Free Library

Specialized free library to share books on grief support, healing & faith

Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna is excited to have a Little Free Library! Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that connects communities by promoting free book exchanges. Our Little Free Library is a specialized library to share books of support to help cemetery visitors, young and old, heal from the loss of a loved one and to grow in their faith. The library is conveniently located near the cemetery office, next to the cutting garden.

Remembrance Garden
& Prayer Service

Dedicated in 2013, the Remembrance Garden at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna, NY is a memorial for those who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby, whether it was years ago or a more recent loss. It has blossomed into a place of peaceful reflection for families who have experienced a miscarriage or the death of a baby, either before it was born or shortly after birth.  It is a space to meditate; a place where the existence of a baby is affirmed even if the baby was never acknowledged.  This garden of healing is where families can openly grieve the loss of their child, and mourn their shattered hopes and dreams. It is a place to memorialize a life that ended far too soon, and is intended to bring comfort to those whose empty arms bring such heartache.  The contemplative setting by the water, where families can gaze upon the garden or the beautiful bronze statue of Rachel mourning, is the perfect setting for our Remembrance Garden service held each spring around Mother’s Day.

 “My biggest worry was that our baby would not be remembered. This garden means that our baby will not be forgotten.” -N.W.


"The thought that there are now cemeteries who CARE about babies 'born into the arms of the angels' is, to me, awesome…  So thank you, thank you for what you are doing to aid the grieving of these parents.  It is a beautiful thing and I applaud you for doing it." -A.H.

Online Grief Resources:

At Albany Diocesan Cemeteries we offer the following online grief resources:

»  Center for Loss & Transition
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.

»  Growth House
An international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life issues. Hypertext topic pages link to sites around the world. Links to hospice and home care, bereavement, death with dignity, AIDS, and related topics in life-threatening illness.

»  GriefNet
GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues.

»  National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

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Grief Support Guide

How to support yourself and others at a time of grief.

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Flowers and Gifts

Order flowers and memorial gifts.

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News & Events

What's happening: News, Memorial Masses, Art Classes...

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Local Resources

Local resources for all your support and planning needs.

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