Grief Support Groups

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

    Many Paths to Healing

    Join us as we explore our grief and learn a unique coping strategy such as meditation, movement, music, and writing.  In the final week, we combine all of these self-care exercises into one session.  No prior experience in the arts or meditation needed.  However, if you are an experienced meditator, musician, or yogi, you can still benefit from these supportive practices.
    (No meeting on Memorial Day, May 29)

    Pre-registration required, please call 831-430-3000

     

    Loss of Spouse/Partner Group

    Life changes overnight when a spouse dies, whether from sudden tragedy or long-term illness.  There is an immediacy to everything that must be done, handling logistics and the complexities of legal matters, all while trying to maintain a sense of normalcy at a time that is far from normal.  How does one go through the trauma of losing a spouse or partner and grocery shop, pay the bills, and go to work?  In this group, we openly discuss how to get from day-to-day and learn practical ways to address symptoms of grief such as: insomnia, fear, anxiety, and more.

    Pre-registration required, please call 831-430-3000

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Loss of Spouse/Partner for Seniors (60 and older)

    • Aptos
    •  07/07/2017 - 08/11/2017
    • 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    The loss of a life-long 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 the 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.

    Pre-registration required, please call 831-430-3000

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Year of Firsts

    • Santa Cruz
    •  08/01/2017 - 09/16/2017
    • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    When we lose someone we love, the first year seems like an endless parade of reminders, of special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries…holidays…all beautiful memories, but difficult to bear.  In this group, we gently navigate the waters of the first year of loss, and provide coping strategies for managing moments of grief.  With the companionship of like-minded people, we build a container for self-compassion, patience, and understanding.

    Pre-registration required, please call 831-430-3000

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Expressing Grief through Art

    Grief can leave us with a loss for words.  Art uses a different part of our minds and can unlock our grief and lead to healing when words don’t come easily.  This class will tenderly encourage expression, insight, and growth through many methods such as painting, drawing, or collaging.  An experienced art therapist and grief support counselor will facilitate this group in a supportive environment.  You will be offered new ways to tell your story, express emotions without words, and feel connected and supported as you honor your grief and your loved ones.  No previous art experience is necessary.  Lunch will be provided.

    Pre-registration required, please call 831-430-3000

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.

    Drop-In Grief Support Group

    This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Stop in to receive support from people who care, share memories, and learn ways to cope.

    Please note this group meets on alternate dates during holidays.