Death, Dying, Illness, & Grief Support

Grief happens when we experience a loss. It might be a loss because of a death, but we can also experience grief over other kinds of loss.

For example:

  • The loss of health when illness strikes yourself or a loved one.
  • The loss of our family as we know it when a divorce happens.
  • The loss of a home to fire, the loss of a good friend who moves far away.

Grieving is not an easy thing to do. Most of the things we’re taught about grieving are just plain wrong. For example, time does not heal; waiting for the pain to go away doesn’t heal the pain. Although it’s normal to want to ignore or blot out feelings of pain, this is not what will heal us.

What heals the pain and feelings of loss is action. And one of the best actions you can take is to talk to someone who is non-judgmental and who won’t try to “fix” you.


  • Just listen. Try to be non-judgmental.
  • If you don’t know what to say, just say “I’m sorry about your loss.”
  • Don’t try to replace the loss. If your friend has lost a pet, a new one is probably not what they want right now. They need time to grieve the loss of the old pet.
  • Be aware that holidays and anniversary dates are especially hard times for grievers. If it seems right, let them know you’re there for them at these times, too, not just during the time the loss occurred.

See also the section on Counseling. Most counseling centers offer grief support counseling.


Comfort Zone Camp

Comfort Zone offers free grief resources, resilience training and ongoing support to children who have suffered the loss of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.  Our programs focus on the strengths of each child, empowering them to grieve, heal and grow in healthy ways.

20695 S. Western Ave Suite 145 Torrance, CA 90501,


(310) 781-1032

East Bay Agency for Children’s Circle of Care

East Bay Agency for Children provides counseling and support services to children and their families where a parent, caregiver or family member has died or is living with a life threatening illness. Called “Circle of Care”, the program offers simultaneous peer support groups for all family members, with parents/caregivers attending one group and toddlers, elementary school children and teenagers attending their own group. In addition to peer support groups, individual and family counseling is available to children and families impacted by illness or bereavement.

2540 Charleston St,
Oakland, CA 94602

(510) 531-7551

Hello Grief

Website providing a place to share and learn about grief and loss to include a statewide resource directory and articles to promote healing.


I Count Too

At the Hospice of Pasadena. Support group for children and adolescents who have loved ones with life threatening illness. Group provides education about death, illness and treatment. Grief support.

Pasadena, CA

M-F 8am-5pm                      


Jessica’s House

Jessica’s House offers peer support groups where children and teens (kindergarten through high school), along with their parents or caregivers, meet with others who have experienced the death of someone close.

741 E Main St,
Turlock, CA 95380

Loved Ones Victim Services

FREE teen group meeting twice a month. Counseling for those who have experienced a family member’s or friend’s homicide. Group, individual and family counseling. Accompany to court.


5701 W Slauson Ave,
Culver City, CA 90230

M-Th 9am-5pm



National Alliance for Grieving Children

Programs in California for grieving children and families.

Our House

West LA: 310-475-0299 Woodland Hills: 818-222-3344.

Bereavement counseling for children, adolescents and adults.

1663 Sawtelle Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

M-F 9am-5pm     


OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center

We offer grief support education to community professionals, student grief support groups on-site in schools through Los Angeles County and post crisis grief intervention to local organizations in addition to adult, children and adolescent in house bereavement groups.

1663 Sawtelle Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 473-1511

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