We have a conversation about grief. The pandemic has brought different layers of loss into the lives of many people.

Whether mourning the loss of a loved one, mourning the loss of time spent with family or friends, or mourning the suffering around the world, our guests discuss coping strategies:

  • Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff, pastor at the South Wedge Mission
  • Pamela Dayton, pastoral intern at Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church, fundraising coordinator for the ImageOut LGBT Film Festival, and co-foudner of the Rochester Spiritual Care Response Team and Free Hugs ROC
  • Melanie Funchess, director of communitiy engagement and family support services for the Mental Health Association
  • Sara Moore, licensed social worker, certified hynotherapist, and owner of HypnoHelp Counseling Services

Becky Baker and Kelsey Hansen / Substance Overdose Awareness Recovery Services

As the number of lives lost to opioids continues to grow in the Rochester area, a new support group has formed to reach out to young adults who have lost friends and loved ones.

Becky Baker, who helped organize the group, said an all-ages grief group that formed last summer has been so popular that it’s outgrown successive meeting places from an Irondequoit garage to a church.

But, Baker said, the group has lacked a space devoted to the needs and experiences of young adults.