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.
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.
SOME WAYS TO HELP A GRIEVING FRIEND
See also the section on Counseling. Most counseling centers offer grief support counseling.
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,
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
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
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