Grief is a normal and natural response when we deal with a loss.  Each of us mourn a loss differently.  Some might prefer to be by themselves and mourn on their own.  Others might feel a sense of comfort in sharing their pain and emotions with others.  Regardless, grief is a personal journey that each of us face. There are support groups and services that are available to you in your local region. Many hospice providers provide grief support, whether your loved one was on hospice or not.  Below is a list of CHAPCA Hospice Provider Members who provide support.  However, if you do not see one located in your area, please contact CHAPCA and we can assist you in locating a grief and support group in your area.  Please contact our office at (916) 925-3770 or email us at [email protected] 

Fresno County


Address2490 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711

The Hinds Hospice Center for Grief & Healing provides grief support to the community through a variety of programs including grief workshops, support groups, individual counseling and remembrance services. Dates and times of events vary, please contact our office for more information.

Please contact the Center for Grief & Healing by phone or email. (559) 248-8579 or [email protected] Anyone who answers the phone can assist you.

Kern County


Address4401 Buena Vista Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93311

To participate in a support group or for more information, please call Candance Kerwin, LCSW, Family Support Manager, (661) 410-1010.

Placer County


3009 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 160
Roseville, CA  95661

Green Valley Hospice Grief and Support Service is open to public. First come first serve basis. Its schedule every other Friday 9am-10am at the conference room at Green Valley Hospice.

Call Green Valley Hospice and ask for Najmeen Sherazee at 916 757.6818. 7 days a week or email: [email protected]

Orange County 


Address630 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620

Currently offering an online grief support group beginning May 20, weekly on Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks 6:30-7:15PM PST (future sessions are possible as well). Open to the public. Free of cost. Registration is required.

Specifically for this grief support group contact Mark Maines at [email protected]



Riverside County


Address25240 Hancock Ave # 120, Murrieta, CA 92562

Our Hospice of the Valleys' Bereavement department offers the following services to our families and the community at large:

  • A pre-bereavement assessment is completed at the time of the admission of an Hospice of the Valleys' patient. After team assessment, the bereavement counselor can provide visits to patient and family for support of all during the time on hospice.
  • For 13 months following death of an Hospice of the Valleys patient, bereavement services are offered to the family/extended family of the patient. These can include any or all of the following:
    • Regular bereavement mailings from Hope Through Healing: a pre-printed grief resource sent 6 times per year, providing grief education, comforting images, and inspiration for the grief journey.
    • Regular support calls from either a Hospice of the Valleys Bereavement volunteer and/or an Hospice of the Valleys Bereavement counseling professional. These calls can be offered on a monthly basis for higher acuity grief situations, or alternately on month 1,2,4,7,11 of the 13 months.
    • Individual supportive grief assessment and counseling: members of the Hospice of the Valleys Bereavement Team can offer 1-2 private bereavement support sessions, which often include an evaluation of support systems for the bereaved and can include a referral to more individualized support from community counseling resources.
    • Support for children and teens in grief can include:
      • Several mailings and short booklets instructing in support for help with teens and children during grief.
      • Referrals to other resource materials provided (i.e. websites and community support groups
      • Short term in-home support with goal of providing informed community counseling resources to family.
      • Bereavement Groups: (both for patients and survivors of Hospice of the Valleys, as well as community at large resource):
      • Bereavement groups dealing with normative grief reactions are offered in two places, Temecula and Sun City. These 8-week group sections offer education on grief and grieving and professionally facilitated grief support group sharing, whose goal is to assist the grieving person obtain helpful coping strategies during the period of active grief.
      • Community Resourcing: for groups, individual counseling, and grief and grieving materials for Hospice of the Valleys families and the community
      • Annual Coping with the Holidays Presentations: Again offered both to the Hospice of the Valleys' community (usually in our bereavement groups which are mixed community/bereaved Hospice of the Valleys survivors), and the community at large. This presentation seeks to normalize the difficulties of the emotions of grief which are amplified during the holiday season. Strategies for coping and education are provided by Hospice of the Valleys' professionals.
      • Annual Hospice of the Valleys/Community Bereavement Memorial Events: Offered twice yearly, these warm gatherings of family and friends seek to provide solace and comfort for bereaved persons who are remembered missed loved ones. Providing resources for sharing memories, iconic images of support in grief, simple shared ritual and music, and a time of sharing in refreshments, our two annual events are as follows:
        • Butterfly Memorial: Offered in the Spring with a release of butterflies.
        • Love, Light, and Remembrance: Offered in the Fall with the dedication and lighting of luminaries.
        • Ancillary groups for support offered to the community by Hospice of the Valleys Bereavement personnel: Caregiver training for home caregivers and professional caregivers in local boards and care.
        • Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiver support group offerings
        • Our Hospice Hearts Program: Hospice Hearts have become an invaluable gift we offer to our patients' families and caregivers. When separated, the tiny inner heart can be placed with the loved one who has died as a reminder of their unbroken connection to those who remain behind. Numerous families who have received the hospice hearts have told us how meaningful they are and how they would be treasured.

San Bernardino County


Address2151 E Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764

We have multiple groups during the week that are ongoing and free to the community. Online only groups during COVID-19 crisis. Visit for current group schedule and sign up. Email: [email protected] or call 909-447-7241.

Multiple Counties


VITAS Healthcare-Covina
1343 N Grande Ave Ste. 100 Covina California 91724
(626) 918-2273
VITAS Healthcare-Encino
16830 Ventura Blvd STE 315 Encino California 91436
(818) 385-0273
VITAS Healthcare Corp Office
201 S. Biscayne Blvd STE 400 Miami Florida 33131
(305) 374-4143
VITAS Healthcare-Fairfield
2480 Hilborn Rd STE 105 Fairfield California 94534
(858) 499-8901
VITAS Healthcare-Sacramento
2710 Gateway Oaks DR STE 100 South Sacramento California 95833
(916) 925-7010
VITAS Healthcare-Irvine
310 Commerce STE 200
Irvine California 92602
(714) 921-2273
VITAS Healthcare-San Mateo
3190 Clearview Way STE 100 San Mateo California 94402
(650) 350-1835
VITAS Healthcare-Walnut Creek
355 Lennon Lane STE 150 Walnut Creek California 94598
(925) 532-1989
VITAS Healthcare-Camarillo
400 W Ventura Blvd STE 145 Camarillo California 93010
(805) 437-2100
VITAS Healthcare-Lancaster
44444 16th St W STE 205 Lancaster California 93534
(661) 942-3595
VITAS Healthcare-Milpitas
670 Mccarthy Blvd STE 220 Milpitas California 95035
(408) 964-6800
VITAS Healthcare-Riverside
7888 Mission Grove Parkway STE 200 Riverside California 92508
(909) 386-6000
VITAS Healthcare-San Diego
9655 Granite Ridge Drive STE 300 San Diego California 92123
(858) 352-7624
VITAS Healthcare-Torrance
990 W 190th Street STE 550 Torrance California 90502
(310) 324-2273

We have multiple supports available to the general public related to grief found at:  They are facilitated by VITAS loss and grief professionals, and are available by phone or Zoom.

There is a user friendly form that can be completed requesting further support or contact from our staff at the website address listed above. VITAS support groups are a resource for caregivers and families of hospice patients. 

Grief Support Resources and Publications

CHAPCA provides publications for grief support on our CHAPCA RESOURCES LIBRARY page.  There, you will find helpful booklets on the following topics:

Heart-Shaped Pickles: Gentle Grief Support for Kids and Grownups is a true story about little Jenny’s continued connection to her grandpas through her discovery of heart shapes all around her. Invites kids to color, encouraging creativity. Includes a discussion guide and “8 Things Kids Can Teach Grownups About Grief.

Seasons of Grieving: A Guide to Grief at the Holidays validates that holidays can be particularly difficult for those who have lost a loved one. This booklet provides helpful coping strategies for special occasions, with sections devoted to winter holidays, other major holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Grieving for Your Pet: A Guide to Understanding Pet Loss gently yet clearly explains the often disenfranchised grief process for those who have lost a pet, helping them understand their grief, find comfort, and move forward with hope. An affordable resource for pet hospice programs and veterinarians.

Sudden Loss: A Guide to Understanding Traumatic Grief defines traumatic grief and provides practical advice for survivors on what to expect and how to cope. Tips are also provided for those who want to support a survivor of sudden loss. Questions and checklists throughout invite readers to record their own experiences, if they choose.
When You Are Grieving: A Guide to Understanding Loss helps the bereaved understand grief, find comfort, and move forward with hope. Sections include “Emotional Effects of Grief,” “Remembering Your Loved One,” “Grieving Children and Teens,” and more. Each section has practical “What You Can Do” bullet points.

When Teens Are Grieving: A Teen-to-Teen Guide to Understanding Loss this booklet shares teen author Jenny’s grief story, validating that teens have the right to grieve in their own ways. Grief counselors provide professional insights throughout. Based on the award-winning book, Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve.