Bereavement Services are provided free of charge to all community members in need. All groups and classes require pre-registration, with the exception of our drop-in groups. Please call (925) 887-5681 to register! Our calendar is also available for download as a pdf.


Support Groups


Drop-In Grief Support Groups

Drop-In Groups for Adults

These ongoing drop-in groups meet twice per month to provide support for anyone grieving the death of someone close to them. No registration required.

1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 4:30-6:00 pm
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 4:30-6:00 pm
John Muir Urgent Care Center (Large Conference Room)
2400 Balfour Road, Suite 223, Brentwood, CA 94513


The Bridge

A bi-weekly support program for grieving children and teens using art, play, journaling, music and conversation. Support is also available for parents/guardians. This group runs during the school year. Pre-registration is required—dates of sessions will be distributed at that time.

Alternating Tuesdays to accomodate school schedules, 6:00-7:30 pm
September 2017 - June 2018
Valhalla Elementary School, 530 Kiki Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Parent Loss Support Group

This eight-week support group is for any adult who has experienced the death of one or both parents. The group seems to be the most helpful if you are at least three months past the death of your parent(s). A short phone assessment is required before registration is complete.

Tuesday Evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm
August 29 - October 17, 2017
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Spouse & Partner Loss Support Group

This eight-week support group is for men and women who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The group seems to be the most helpful if you are at least three months past the death of your spouse. A short phone assessment is required before registration is complete.

Monday Evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm
October 2 - November 20, 2017
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Pet Loss Support Group

In a nurturing small group, you are encouraged to process natural feelings of grief resulting from the loss of a beloved animal. No registration required.

2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

 

Grief Classes


Understanding Grief

A class for people who are bereaved or experiencing grief after a death, and also for people who want to support a friend who is experiencing grief.

Date & Time: TBD
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Coping with the Holidays

A class that presents ideas and strategies to help those experiencing grief during the holiday season as this time of year can be difficult for those who have experienced a death. Each session will cover the same material.

Monday, November 6, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
John Muir Urgent Care Center (Large Conference Room)
2400 Balfour Road, Suite 223, Brentwood, CA 94513

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Creative Arts & Grief Workshops for Adults

The following monthly workshops in Pleasant Hill is designed for individuals grieving the death of a loved one to support the expression of grief in intuitive and creative ways. The group format allows for time to engage grief through symbolic expressions and to share experiences.

 

Creative Journaling

Grief can impact our bodies, moods, and behaviors. Creative activities like journaling and guided imagery have been found to be therapeutic when grieving. This workshop will use writing prompts and guided imagery to tap into parts of ourselves needing support and healing. Feel free to bring a favorite notebook or journal and pens, pencils and markers, although materials will be provided.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Sip & Share

Gather with others who understand that the holidays will be very different this year without your loved one. Give yourself the gift of nurturing support and warm company. We will enjoy sharing some hot cider, cookies, stories and memories together. Bring a picture of your loved one that will be used to create a special memento.

Monday, December 4, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523