Grief Support Groups

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

    Walking through Healing

    • Santa Cruz
    •  08/07/2018 - 08/28/2018
    • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Walk with us in the serenity of a forest path, through a quiet glen, or alongside a meandering stream as we explore the many faces of grief.  The locations are lush and beautiful, our pace gentle, our conversations mingled with periods of contemplation and silence.  The topics we discuss arise from our surroundings and the members of our group.  Step with us into nature’s heart and allow the healing to begin.

    Registration required

    New Horizon

    The passage of time alters how we grieve.  In this group, men and 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.  Example of themes include what to do now, traveling without a partner, making new friends.  This is a safe and caring space to discuss experiences, hopes, and desires with other who are healing from a similar loss.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  08/24/2018
    • 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

    •  08/31/2018
    • 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 Group

    Life changes overnight when a spouse dies, whether from sudden tragedy or a 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.

    Registration required

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

    • Aptos
    •  09/07/2018 - 10/12/2018
    • 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    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

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  09/07/2018
    • 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

    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 any of these modalities is needed.  However, if you are an experienced meditator, writer, musician, or yogi, you can still benefit from these supportive practices.

    Registration required

    Writing through Healing

    Journaling can be a valuable tool for coping with grief.  In this group we explore a variety of writing ideas to establish practices we can return to.  Discover the quiet wisdom of writing through grief.  Putting pen to paper is a powerful way to explore your personal journey in a manner that is both meaningful and rich with complexity – especially when talking about grief does not come easy.  You will learn creative exercises that will help you grow and heal, in a new and gently surprising ways.  All writing levels are welcome.

    Registration required

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  09/14/2018
    • 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

    •  09/21/2018
    • 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

    •  09/28/2018
    • 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

    •  10/05/2018
    • 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

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  10/12/2018
    • 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

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  10/19/2018
    • 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

    Friday Drop-in Group

    •  10/26/2018
    • 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

    •  11/02/2018
    • 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

    •  11/09/2018
    • 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

    •  11/16/2018
    • 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

    •  11/23/2018
    • 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

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