Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process.
Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes and, at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.
In the days, weeks, and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement, and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.
CURRENT GRIEF AND SUPPORT
Hospice By The Bay http://www.hospicebythebay.org/grief-a-loss/grief-counseling
Information on counseling, support groups in San Francisco and San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma.
Sutter VNA Hospice: http://www.suttervnaandhospice.org/support/
Information on counseling, support groups in San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula, Sacramento.
Pathways Hospice: http://www.pathwayshealth.org/grief-support/index.html
Information on counseling, support groups in San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula.
Archdiocese of San Francisco: http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/ministries/grief-care-ministry/
Information on which parishes offer support groups in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.
Compassionate Friends: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx
Information on supporting a family after the loss of a child.
Josie's Place: http://www.josiesplace.org/
Information on support for children and teens who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, close relative or friends in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Institute on Aging: http://www.ioaging.org/aging/support_groups_grief_loss_sf.html
Information on various support groups, including chronic illness and dementia support, traumatic death support, spiritual support.
Informational website with articles on grief and loss
Growth House: http://www.growthhouse.org/death.html
Informational website with articles on grief and loss and resource for support groups.