765 West Shore Road
Warwick, Rhode Island 02889

p. 1 401 921 0980
f. 1 401 921 0587


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An Affiliate of
Gateway Healthcare



A Haven for Healing and Hope, providing support groups and programs for grieving children, teens and families.

FRIENDS WAY (Families Reaching Into Each New Day) is the only family bereavement center in Rhode Island and serves families throughout Southeastern New England.  FRIENDS WAY remains steadfast in our commitment of providing peer support to grieving families in a safe, nurturing environment and is staffed with mental health professionals and extensively trained volunteers from the community who assist children and their families through their grief with comfort and support from peers struggling with similar feelings of loss.

FRIENDS WAY, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization began in 1998 with Founder, Jennifer Kaplan Schreiber. For more than a decade, FRIENDS WAY has grown to become a valuable asset to the community, being called on to provide bereavement support during area tragedies, increasing the demand for services each time.  Since October of 2000, FRIENDS WAY has assisted more than 800 families with grief support.

In July 2013, through our affiliation with Gateway Healthcare, FRIENDS WAY became a partner of Lifespan. We are excited about this new development and proud to be a partner of Lifespan. FRIENDS WAY  remains a separate 501(c)3 and continues to enjoy the support of the community.  

FRIENDS WAY gives back to the community through the provision of training programs, community outreach and crisis intervention outreach for families in crisis and in need of referrals to the appropriate level of care.  Providing more than 150 presentations and in-service training workshops regarding children, loss and grief, Rhode Island agencies have grown to rely on FRIENDS WAY as a proven resource for families in need of bereavement services.

FRIENDS WAY is free to families and 100% of our program is funded through fundraising activities and community support.  For more information or to see how you can help, please contact Katherine Powell at 401-921-0980 or


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