About HALos

HALos (Help After Loss) is a grass roots not for profit resource and referral organization that began through the cooperative efforts of several bereaved parents. 

HALos volunteers are paraprofessionals mentored by licensed health care professionals. 

Mission and Goals

HALos' Mission is to assist children and their families experiencing crisis or loss to reclaim balance in their lives.

HALos' ultimate goal is to improve community and family awareness of loss and how loss affects children and their family relationships, their success in school, and how to help children rebuild self-esteem and resiliency.

Our Story

...our journey

An Idea Is Born

HALos was founded in 2000 through the cooperative efforts of several bereaved parents.  Its mission and services initially targeted immediate crisis intervention, information and referrals for families experiencing the imminent or actual death of their child.


HALos became incorporated in February 2001. 

Not for Profit

 HALos obtained its 501 (c) (3) status in July 2003. 

Re-defining Loss for HALos

In 2004, HALos Board of Directors recognized the need to expand its definition of "loss" to include loss caused by a variety of traumatic events affecting children and their families such as a change in life style caused by a divorce, move or change in custody arrangements, addiction, incarceration, life threatening illness or death. 

Project HUGS

Project HUGS (Help Understand Grief Situations) was created in 2004.  

HALos Today

HALos' currently collaborates with educators, community leaders, mental health and healthcare professionals. We receive referrals from the local public school systems, and collaborate with Broome Chenango Canine Help Group. This organization provides registered therapy dogs to families when needed. Opportunity to pet, touch, and talk to these therapy dogs has proven beneficial to some individuals. Two licensed Clinical Social Workers are also available for consultation with the "Special Friend" throughout the initial planning for and the tracking of the HUGS enrolled families. Referrals to mental health agencies are made whenever such services are warranted.


These events are forever changing.  If you have any questions please contact us

You may also find up to date information on our facebook page


May 27

Canoe Regatta - Ice Cream and Spiedies to support HALos at the Rotary Building

Bainbridge, NY


Aug 5

Camp HUGS - A day camp for school aged children.  This year's topic is: How Change Causes Stress and Anxiety AND How Relaxation Techniques Can Help

Saturday, August 5th 10am - 3pm at Rex Farms, 370 Co Road 30, Afton, NY 


Sept 11

National Day of Service and Remembrance



Sept 25

National Day of Remembrance: This day is to

remember those lives lost to violence (police officers killed or died on

duty. homicide victims, drunk driving accidents, and acts of war, etc.)



Oct 15

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Light a Candle

Oct. 15th @ 7 pm in all time zones all over the world.



Nov 19

World Remembrance Day: Road Traffic Victims



Dec 10

World Remembrance Day: Children.  Light a Candle December 10th @ 7 pm in all time zones all over the world.



Here are some great resources for you to check out. ***** This portion is under construction.  Please be patient as we upload information for you.*****

Children Grieve


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The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children


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