Grief Support Groups

New Groups Starting March, 2018 – August, 2018
To register please call Shirley Sapena (831) 430-3078

    New Horizons

    The passage of time alters how we grieve.  In this group, women who have been alone for a period longer than a year examine how their lives have taken shape in the absence of their spouse or partner.  Examples of themes previously explored include what to do now, traveling without a partner, and dating.  This is a safe and caring space to discuss experiences, hopes, and desires with others who are healing from a similar loss.

    Registration required

    Loss of Spouse/Partner for Seniors

    • Ben Lomond
    •  04/13/2018 - 05/18/2018
    • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    The loss of a companion can be devastating.  In this very special group, we encourage seniors to open up about their loss, to share their memories and talk freely about their deepest concerns.  We explain the symptoms of grief and distinguish them from aspects of aging, thereby easing stress and confusion.  We nurture the path to healing by honoring lives well-lived.

    Registration required

    Many Paths to Healing

    Join us as we explore our grief and learn a unique coping strategy such as meditation, movement, music and writing.  No prior experience in the arts or meditation needed.  Even experienced meditators, musicians, or yogis can still benefit from these supportive practices.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  04/27/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Loss of Spouse/Partner

    Life changes overnight when a spouse or partner dies, whether from sudden tragedy or a long-term illness.  There is an immediacy to everything that must be done; handling logistics and legal matters, all while trying to maintain a sense of normalcy during a time that is far from normal.  How does one go through the trauma of loss and still manage to grocery shop, pay the bills, and go to work?  This group provides an honest and safe place to discuss these issues.  Included are practical ways to cope with insomnia, fear, anxiety, and other symptoms of grief.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  05/04/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  05/11/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Loss of Parent

    • Aptos
    •  05/16/2018 - 06/20/2018
    • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    When you lose a parent, it doesn’t matter how old you are.  The loss can be jarring.  You may reach for the phone or drive past their home, only to face the realization that they are no longer there.  This supportive group offers a safe space to open up, share memories, and connect with others who have lost a parent.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  05/18/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  05/25/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  06/01/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  06/08/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Creating a New Life after Loss

    The loss of someone you love changes you.  You might find yourself wondering about the new shape of your life without them.  Some wonder, “Who am I now?”  This group provides a safe space where you can share and hear from others who are healing from a similar loss.  It is an opportunity to meaningfully reflect on life’s experiences, hopes, and desires in this new facet of your life.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  06/15/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  06/22/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Creating Memory Pillows

    Memories of loved ones are triggered in many ways, such as the feel of a favorite shirt or the scent of aftershave, cologne or perfume.  Our senses come alive when we connect with these belongings and our memories.  In this class, grief support staff and sewing experts help you to create a memory pillow.  You bring a button-down shirt belonging to your loved one.  We supply the rest.  At the end of the class, you will take home a meaningful remembrance to bring you comfort.  No sewing experience is needed.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  06/29/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  07/06/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

    Memorial Art Workshop

    Reminders of our loved ones may be abundant in the home, but sometimes it takes an extra effort to creat a beautiful, moveable piece of art.  Some people like to travel with sweet reminders, keepsakes, and mementos in their purse or pocket.  In this workshop, we will repurpose mint tins to carry and display your favorite images and small items wherever you go.  Participants bring their own photos, fabrics and objects to feature in its artful design. (Don’t worry – we make copies, and the orginals will be kept intact).  Materials, tools, and guidance will be provided.  No previous experience necessary.  Lunch will be provided

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  07/13/2018
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    This drop-in group is for anyone at any point in their grief process.  Gather with others experiencing the loss of a loved one in a nurturing and safe environment.  In this convenient Friday group, participants are encouraged to speak about their grief and learn ways to lessen the the emotional and physical symptoms of loss.  It is especially useful for individuals who have time constraints, or who aren’t yet certain about committing to a multi-week group.  The group is always drop-in.  Therefore, the number of participant varies.

    This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    No registration required

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