Grief Support Groups
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 447-7241. All groups are ongoing (unless specified) and free of charge. Each group session runs about 1 ½ hours.
We offer several grief support groups on a weekly basis through our volunteer facilitators. These groups are held in the following cities; Claremont, Pomona, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, and Ontario. Groups are listed below:
Support In a Time of Loss: Bereavement/Grief Support Program
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 a 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
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.
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.
Symptoms of Grief
Loss affects people in many different ways. It is common to experience the following symptoms when grieving:
- Spiritual Doubts
- Inability to Focus
- Foggy Thinking
- Lack of Sleep
- Lack of Purpose