Grief Support Groups

New Groups Starting October, 2017 – January, 2018
To register please call Shirley Sapena (831) 430-3078

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  12/15/2017
    • 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

    •  12/22/2017
    • 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

    Support through the Winter Holidays

    •  12/22/2017
    • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    The holidays can be difficult when someone you love has died.  This one-day grief group session offers a safe and caring space to share and receive support from those grieving the death of someone special.  Find connectedness through sharing, receiving support, or simply listening.  Learn helpful tips on how to cope during the winter holidays.  Participants are invited to bring a photo or a keepsake of their loved one to share with the group.  This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    Drop in, no registration required 

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  12/29/2017
    • 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

    Support as this Year Closes and a New Year Starts

    •  12/29/2017
    • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Scotts Valley and Watsonville

    Endings and new beginnings can be challenging, especially as we start a new year without our loved one.  This group is a safe and supportive place to share sadness, concern, and hope as one year ends and another begins.  This group is offered at our two locations: 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley and 65 Nielson Street, Suite 121, Watsonville.

    Drop in, no registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  01/05/2018
    • 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 our loved ones are triggered in many ways, such as the feel of a favorite shirt, or the scent of aftershave 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, and we supply the rest.  At the end of the class, you will bring home a meaningful remembrance to bring you comfort.  No prior sewing experience is needed.

    Registration required

    Year of Firsts

    • Santa Cruz
    •  01/09/2018 - 02/13/2018
    • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    When we lose someone we love, the first year seems like an endless parade of reminders.  Special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries can stir beautiful memories, even when these memories are difficult to bear.  This group gently navigates the waters of the first year of loss, and provides coping strategies for managing moments of grief.  With the companionship of people who understand, we build a community of self-compassion, patience, and understanding.

    Registration required

    Men's Group

    • Watsonville
    •  01/10/2018 - 02/14/2018
    • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    This support group is for men who are grieving the death of someone special.  While grief is an unavoidable part of life for us all, men may feel particularly isolated, or pressured to cover up their anguish privately.  The men’s group equips participants with tools, support, and practical ways to address daily symptoms of grief.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  01/12/2018
    • 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 and your lifestyle.  This group explores how your life has taken shape in the absence of your loved one asking, who am I now?  Discussions will include your experiences, hopes, and desires in this new aspect of your life with others who are healing from a similar loss.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  01/19/2018
    • 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

    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 facilitates 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.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  01/26/2018
    • 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

    •  02/02/2018
    • 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

    •  02/09/2018
    • 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

    •  02/16/2018
    • 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

    •  02/23/2018
    • 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

    •  03/02/2018
    • 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

    •  03/09/2018
    • 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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