Grief Support

VNA SoCal Understands: Support After the Death of a Loved One

Journey of Hope – Grief Support Groups

Holding Hope With You

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 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. Groups available in the following cities: Claremont, Pomona, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, and Ontario.

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 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.*

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How We Can Help | Our Bereavement Support Team

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

Person-to-Person Support

We are just a phone call away. Our experienced support team can help you via follow-up phone calls. Mail, email, even a personal visit, are all part of the follow-up grief support available.

Educational Resources

We have a series of Bereavement Newsletters that are informative and helpful guides to anyone facing the loss of a loved one. In addition to these free bereavement resources, you will find helpful links and articles on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Our vibrant community of trained grief counselors and experienced volunteers are always seeking quality resources for you and your family.

Support Groups

Each week we offer grief support groups, free of charge, in a community near you. Our experience grief counselors offer support, education and a chance to connect with others who have recently lost a loved one. This is a safe and supportive environment to help you begin to process your grief and move forward. See grief support group monthly calendar here.

Memorial Services

We host occasional, non-denominational memorial events to help you celebrate and remember the life of a loved one.

Local Grief Group Schedule


6:00 – 7:30 PM
Kaiser Permanente, Bldg. H
2295 S. Vineyard, Bldg. H, Room 1A
(across from cafeteria)
Ontario, CA 91761

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

660 North Mountain Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 (Map)

Men’s Grief Group

Last Monday of each month
Beginning January 29, 2018
10:00 AM

Sanctuary Coffee
994 W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 (Map)



6:00 – 7:30 PM
Loma Linda University Health, San Bernardino

250 S. G. Street
San Bernardino, CA 92450 (Map)
(First Floor, Chapel Room)


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

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Robert & Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center
Community Room
1910 Royalty Drive
Pomona, CA 91767 (Map)



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

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.

Click here to link to the bereavement support group monthly calendar.

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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.

Grief Support Articles & Resources

Contact Us

Thank you for contacting VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California. We will get back to you soon as possible. Contact our 24-hour day call center at 1-800-969-4862 and a representative will be able to assist you immediately.