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December 12, 2003

Dear FOS11 Member:

A few weeks ago we sent an action alert requesting your feedback on support groups/mental health outlets you have benefitted from in your area of the country.  Many members responded.  We thank you for your consideration and ongoing support.  Some families wrote and expressed that they do not know of support networks in their region.

FOS11 Family Members are still looking for additional support groups in:
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Long Island, NY
Albany, NY
Boca Raton, FL

If you have any recommendations for 9/11 support groups in these areas of the country, please email us at http://www.info@familiesofseptember11.org as soon as possible.  We hope to continue connecting families with resources, and your help is imperative to this effort.  As you scroll below, you will notice member feedback written in italics, describing how the group or mental health practice assisted him/her and their families.  Send us more input - we will continue expanding this list and share it with all of you.  Let us keep reaching out to other families - especially at this time of year.  Thank you for your assistance.


South Nassau Communities Hospital
Rockville Centre
Long Island, NY

Call the crisis center at 516-678-2700 to find out more info.  Adult and children groups are available.

World Trade Center Family Recovery and Bereavement Center
Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY

South Nassau Communities Hospital Group

Oceanside, Long Island, NY


Support Group for Widows and Widowers
Dr. Deborah Derman
Dr. Kim McLaughlin
Castleton Hill Moravian Church
Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY
(215) 643-7206

Kim is a family psychologist on Staten Island and Deborah is a grief counselor from Philadelphia, PA.


Westchester Bereavement Center (Bronxville)
Treehouse (monthly meetings with spouses and children)
Patty Donovan Duff (Director)
(914) 961-2818 x317

Child Bereavement
Weill Medical College (NY Weill Cornell Medical Center)
Dr. Cynthia Pfeiffer MD  
(914) 997-5849
Individual therapy sessions are available for children.

After 9/11/01 I have been meeting with my bereavement group in Westchester and have found it very helpful for me and my two little girls.”

Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Full Circle Health
2105 Williamsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 518-7600
Dr. Derek Suite and/or Mrs. Darcel Suite

Parent's Bereavement Group
Spouse Loss
6 Week Bereavement Group
Monthly Support Group
Spanish Bereavement Group
Children’s Bereavement Group
Teen Age Bereavement Group

Calvary Hospital
1740 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 518-2125

These are two wonderful support networks which I personally have used.”

Bereavement Groups

North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center
480 Old Westbury Road
Roslyn Heights, NY  11577
(516) 626-1971

My bereavement group which was and still is at the heart of my recovery is North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center… Kathy Morse and Michelle Spitalnic were most instrumental in leading us to recovery. In addition, the Red Cross, in Manhattan, was helpful in obtaining financial help. “

Bill Doyle - Resource Contact - (718) 948-2538

Lutheran Hospital
Healthy Connections
6025 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11220

Please contact Sarah Russ at (718) 630-7186


Dr. Jacob Kind
90 Booth Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631-1907
(201) 568-1207. 

Dr. Kind employs a therapeutic tool called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  This method helped me to overcome the trauma of the event as well as open the doors to peace of mind in the form of tolerance, patience and acceptance.”


There is a group that meets specifically for 9/11 families at a church with space for spouses and children to meet in separate rooms at the same time.  The group is sponsored by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. 

Please contact the coordinator of the program, Annmarie Bezold at 703-866-2119.   They meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 6:00-7:30pm.  The location is the Messiah Methodist Church in Springfield on Rolling Road just north of Old Keene Mill on the right side, across from the post office.

The support group I attend has been the absolute best thing for me in my healing.  It is a group that meets specifically for 9/11 families at a church with space for spouses and children to meet in separate rooms at the same time.… I highly recommend this group!! All are welcome!!”


For Connecticut Resources, please visit http://www.infoline.org and look at their September 11th Resources page for support groups.

For California resources, please call Anita Ahuja at (916) 445-8452. 

There will be a statewide support group for 9/11 family members, victims and survivors on Saturday, December 6th in Los Angeles.  Therapists from the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center will facilitate the event.  For more information please call Anita Ahuja at (916) 445-8452.  


For Massachusetts resources, please visit http://www.massfund.org.