Grief Support

GRIEF SUPPORT

Looking for grief support in your neighborhood?

VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California provides support groups for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. For more information about adult grief groups or hospice services, please contact our Bereavement Coordinator, Scott Ramsey at jramsey@vnasocal.org or (909) 447-7241. All groups are ongoing (unless specified) and free of charge. Each group session runs about 1 ½ hours.

Support In a Time of Loss: Bereavement/Grief Support Program

Bereavement and Support

Bereavement & Grief Support

If you have recently experienced the death of someone or are anticipating the loss of a close friend or relative, you might be finding it difficult to adjust to the significant changes occurring in your life. Grief can shake everything up – your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality. Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit, and no right or wrong way to feel during this time. Everyone must learn to cope in their own way.

Bereavement/grief support can provide help during these difficult times. Talking about a loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life and all of its changes, both good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness you are experiencing can prolong the pain. Bereavement/grief support can enable you to cope with loss, carry on with life and eventually find acceptance.*

*”Bereavement Counseling | Coping with Grief – Counseling …”Counseling Directory. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Dec. 2016 <http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/bereavement.html>.

How We Can Help

Support for you and your family does not end with the death of your loved one. You and your family receive 13 months of grief support to help understand and navigate through the grief process.

Our Bereavement Program includes:

  • follow-up phone calls
  • quarterly mailings including a grief newsletter to provide continued education
  • regular support groups at no charge
  • individual grief support by phone or in-person visits

Reach out today and let us help you find the resources you need. Call (909) 447-7241

Grief Support Groups

We offer several grief support groups on a weekly basis through our volunteer facilitators. These groups are held in the following cities; Claremont, Pomona and Ontario. Groups are listed below:

Symptoms of Grief

Loss affects people in many different ways. It is common to experience the following symptoms when grieving:

  • Shock
  • Sadness
  • Spiritual Doubts
  • Inability to Focus
  • Disbelief
  • Anger
  • Tiredness
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Lack of Purpose

We Can Help

Reach out today and let us help you find the resources you need.

Call (909) 447-7241

VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California provides 13 months of group support for you and your family.
VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California provides 13 months of group support for you and your family.

MONDAYS

ONTARIO
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Kaiser Permanente, Bldg. H
2295 S. Vineyard, 2nd Floor Room 2A
Ontario, CA 91761 (Map)

Fellow Survivors of Suicide Loss
CLAREMONT
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Joslyn Senior Center, Weinberger Room

660 North Mountain Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 (Map)

WEDNESDAYS

CLAREMONT
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Joslyn Senior Center
660 North Mountain Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 (Map)

POMONA
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center
Community Room
1910 Royalty Drive
Pomona, CA 91767 (Map)

THURSDAYS

CLAREMONT

3:30 – 5:00 PM
Joslyn Senior Center
660 North Mountain Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 (Map)

Please Share

Support groups are open to the general public and free of charge with both day and evening sessions. Each group is lead by experienced staff members and facilitators who have extensive training as well as personal experience with the grief process. Call (909) 447–7241 for additional information about group locations and times.

Need More Information?

For more information, please call our Bereavement Coordinator: Scott Ramsey at (909) 447-7241 or jramsey@vnasocal.org.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Visitors disrupt our groups. We appreciate that you are asked to visit for your schooling, but due to the sensitive and confidential nature of our groups we have strict policies about visitors. 1) If you want to observe a group for a class, you MUST call and speak with our bereavement coordinator at least two weeks before the group you want to visit. We need that much lead time for group members to be given time to consent to your visit and to choose not to attend if they wish. 2) No more than one visitor per group will be allowed. 3) No exceptions will be made to this policy, unscheduled (non-bereaved) visitors will not be allowed to attend groups and will be turned away at the door, as our bereaved group member’s well-being always comes first.