Support Groups

Resources: Support Groups

Costa Mesa

Jewish Family Service/Jewish Federation (merged)
1 Federation Way
949-435-3460 (JFS)/ 949-435-3484 (Jewish Federation)
Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm
Non-denominational/ open to public
Free

Kids Konnected
(national organization for children ages 4-18 who have lost a parent to cancer or who have a parent with cancer)

949-582-5443/800-899-2866
Email: info@kidsconnected.org
Website: www.kidskonnected.org

Susan G.Komen Center
3191A, Airport Loop Drive
Meets 1st and 3rd Monday, 6:30-8pm.
Support groups broken down by ages of children
Costa Mesa location also has a group for parents that meets
simultaneously with childrenʼs groups
Open to public/free

Irvine

Compassionate Friends (loss of child of any age, due to any cause)
Lakeview Senior Center- Orange Coast/Irvine Chapter
20 Lake Rd.
(949) 552-2800
National phone # (1-877-969-0010)
1st Wednesday 7-9 pm.
Website: www.compassionatefriends.org

Lakeview Senior Center “Living with the Loss of a Spouse”
20 Lake Rd.
Contact: Judy Denton (949)724-6924
2nd Wednesday, 1-2:30 pm (program geared towards ages 65 +)
Open to public/free

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
220 Commerce, Ste. 100
Contact: Lindas McMahon, Bereavement Services Manager (714)734-2753
linda.mcmahon@vitas.com
www.vitas.com
Call for specific dates and times
Groups offered:
“Grief 101” for those whose loved ones have died within last 12 months
(one hour conversation over coffee)
“Missing Our Mothers” for adult woman who recently experienced the
death of their mother (series offered quarterly)

United Church of Christ
Contact: Jean Stewart (949) 768-4132
Meets twice/month, 7-8:30 pm
Non-denominational/ free
Call for specific dates

Laguna Beach

Laguna Presbyterian Church
415 Forest Ave.
Location: Parlor
Contact: Jackie Pearson, LMFT (949) 494-7555
Meets once a year after Easter for 8 weeks on Mondays, 4-5:30 pm.; some
spirituality with opening and closing prayers
Open to public
“ Growing Through Grief “ use of the “ The Good Grief Workbook”

Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Laguna Beach
(formerly known as South Coast Hospital)
31872 Pacific Coast Highway
Contact: Pastoral Office/Spiritual Care (949) 499-7133
General Bereavement Support Group (ages 18+)
10 week class, (pre-registration and 10 week commitment is required)
Free and open to public
Offered several times per year (vary between day and evening classes
Alternate between Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo locations

Laguna Hills

Saddleback Memorial Hospital (loss of spouse or significant other)
24451 Health Center Drive
Contact: (949) 452-7255
Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm (groups meet separately for men and women and then
one jointly meeting per month)
Predominantly seniors
Free and open to public

Healing Hearts (for adults who have lost a child from miscarriage to SIDS)
Saddleback Memorial Hospital
24451 Health Center Drive
(949) 222-6604
Meets 1st and 3rd Monday, 7:30-9pm
Free and open to public

Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel Art & Creativity for Healing (celebration of loved one through
art and colors)
26079 Getty Drive
Contact: Laurie Zagon (949) 367-1902
Website: www.art4healing.org
Four week workshop series: Ages 6-12 Free (supplies included)
Ages 13 – adult $ 135 per person (includes art supplies)

St. Timothy Catholic Church
29102 Crown Valley Pkwy.
Contact: Sally Hotchkiss, Coordinator
Email: shotkiss@st-timsrc.org
(949)249-4096
Structured bereavement groups offered 2x year, usually January (8-10 wks)
& July (6 wks)
Spiritual based
Open to community/ Donation of $25 (covers 8 week program)

Mission Lutheran Church
24360 Yosemite Rd.
Contact: Leah Emerson, Associate in Ministry/ Parish Nurse
949-831-8820 x 201 (call for more information)
Offer classes on an as needed basis, usually once/twice per yr.
Open to public/ free
Christian and spiritual based

Laguna Woods

Temple Judea (general bereavement group through Jewish Family Service)
24512 Moulton Parkway
Contact: Callie Clein (949) 830-0470 Temple/direct # (949)435-3460 x. 359
Mondays, 10-11:30am
Non-denominational/open to public
Free/ call for information; pre-registration may be required

Lake Forest

Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Pkwy.
Contact: Elaine Quickle (9490 609-8392
Grief support workshop “Grief Share “ (13 weeks- Mondays 7-9pm)
Call for dates and times
Group has spiritual component
Open to community/free

Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church
21682 Lake Forest
Contact: Mary (949) 380-7520
“Good Grief Group” (support for men & women who are grieving over death
of a spouse, child, parent, relative or friend)
Location: Parish Hall
Open ended/ Free
Non denominational (no prayers, but spiritual and community based)
Offered spring, fall and winter, 7:30-9pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, hiatus during summer months

Mission Viejo

Garyʼs Place for Kids ( grief groups for entire family)
Mission Hospital Conference Center
26726 Crown Valley Pkwy.
Contact: Adele (949) 348-0548
Website: www.gpfkoc.org
Open to community/free
Meet 2x/month, 6:00-7:00 pm, 1st and 3rd Monday
* Grief support groups for children ages 5-18 and their families, who have
experienced the loss of a loved one through death.
Childrenʼs Grief Support Group: “Littles” ( ages 5-8)
“Middles” (ages 9-12)
“Teens” (ages 13-18)
Adult Grief Support Group (ages 18 +)
Both adult and childrenʼs support groups meet concurrently during months
of September through May. Summer off, as program works around school
calendar year. Children are often referred to Summer Bereavement Camp.
See last page on more details for bereavement camps

Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo
27700 Medical Center Rd.
Contact: Pastoral office or Spiritual Care (949) 3641400 ext.5399
“Living Life Again”
Adult Bereavement Group
10 week series, pre-registration and 10 week commitment required
Free; offered several times per year (vary between day and evening
classes; alternate between Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach locations)

Presbyterian Church of the Master
26051 Marguerite Pkwy. (corner of Oso & Marguerite)
(949)582-2670
Contact: Karen Carson/ (949) 768-7652
“Grief Recovery Program” This program uses the “Grief Recovery
Workshop” program tailored by authors, John James and Russell
Friedman. Covers all types of losses, including loss of loved one, income,
divorce, etc. For more information on the “Grief Recovery” philosophy,
check online at www.grief.net
7 week class; offered 3x/ year; Thursdays, 7 – 9 pm.
Maximum of 12 in each class.
Fee: $13.00 (for handbook)
Non denominational/open to public

Newport Beach

Hoag Hospital
Hoag Conference Center Building
1 Hoag Drive
Contact: Maxine (949) 764-8358 (call for details, registration and directions)
Facilitator: Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW
General Bereavement Support Groups for adults, ages 18+
“Facing Forward”
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7 pm.
Open to public, Free

“Life Goes On”
10 week program
Saturdays, 9:30 – 11 am
Regular attendance and pre-registration is required

“Growth through Grief”
Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1 pm.
Attendance of “Life Goes On” or some other bereavement group is a
prerequisite for this group. Pre-registration is required.

Hoag Hospital Cancer Center Support Group ( adults who have lost someone to cancer)
Hoag Cancer Conference Center
(949)764-5542 (to confirm group meeting)
Facilitator: Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW
Thursdays, 5:30 -7 pm
Open to public/Free

St Andrewʼs Presbyterian Church
600 St. Andrews Rd.
(949)673-5725 (call for start date and times)
Has religious component
Optional: $15 material fee
“Growing in Christ Through Grief”

Orange County

SIDS Alliance (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
(714) 973-8417/(800)-369-SIDS
Monthly support groups ( call for specific times/locations)

Guild for Infant Survival of Orange County – (SIDS related program)
1st Presbyterian Church
196 N. Grand Ave.
Orange, CA
Contact: Jordy Jahn (714)501-6346
(949) 474-7437 (SIDS); 24 hour phone lines
Non denominational; led by volunteer SIDS parents who have been trained
as facilitators
8 week sessions; 6:30-8:30 pm ( call for next session)
Free

San Clemente

San Clemente Presbyterian Church
119 N. Ave. de la Estrella
Fireside Room
(949) 492-6158
Contact: Ilene Blaisch, LCSW (949)910-5654
ileneblaisch@gmail.com
Mondays, 7-8:30 pm (except major holidays)
Free and non denominational/ open to the public
Adults only

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
105 N. La Esperannza
Contact: Teri (949)551-2222
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm

San Juan Capistrano

Kids Konnected (national organization specifically for children, ages 4-18,
who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent has cancer)
(949) 582-5443/(800)899-2866
Email: info@kidskonnected.org
Website: www.kidskonnected.org
Meets 2nd & 4th Monday, 6:30-7:30 pm
1 Via Positiva
Support groups broken down by age groups of children
* Only the Costa Mesa location currently has simultaneous parentʼs support
group meeting
* Open to public/free

Tustin

MADD (Motherʼs Against Drunk Driving)
17772 Irvine Blvd. # 103
Contact: Sherry (714) 838-6199 x.17
National# 1-800- GET-MADD (after hours assistance)
Meet last Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm.
Support group for survivors of victims or survivors that were victims of
drunk driving.
Website: www.MADDORANGECOUNTY.org

YMCA (loss of a child)
13821 Newport Ave.
(714)960-1819/(714) 979-3232
Website: www.ymcaoc.org
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Free/ open to public and non denominational
Adults only
Facilitator: Nancy Ludt/Stephanie Watton
Additional Support Information:

Garden Grove

S.O.S./ Survivors of Suicide
Crystal Cathedral, Tower of Hope, 2nd Floor
12141 Lewis St.
Meet 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 1:30-3:30 pm.
Contact: Ms. Jeri Livingston, Care Ministry (714)539-1429
jandktoo@socal.rr.com
www.survivorsofsuicide.org
Facilitated by: Peer
Serve: Orange/Los Angeles Counties
Non denominational; open to public/ Free

Anaheim

Greater Orange County Chapter POMC (Parents of Murdered Children)
Zion Lutheran Church
222 N. East Street
(714) 999-7132 (message phone)
Email: gocpomc@yahoo.com
Webiste: www.gocpomc.org
Meets 2nd Wednesday; 7:30 pm.
No religious affiliation
Adults only
Meetings are for adult survivors of homicide victims (family member or
friend) and for professionals who work closely with survivors.

Resources: Bereavement Camps

Camp Erin: bereavement weekend camp for children ages 6-17, who have
experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, friend or loved one. Camp Erin
serves Southern California. This camp experience is free and is made
possible through The Moyer Foundation and donations from the community
to The Spencer Hospice Foundation. You may find additional information by
calling (888)469-1581 or visit online: www.spencer-foundation.org

Comfort Zone Camp: offers bereaved children, ages 7-17, the opportunity
to remember their loved ones in a safe and healing camp environment
Free and open to community
Applications online
Contact information: 20695 S. Western Ave, Ste. 145 , Torrance, CA.
90501
(310)781-1032 Website: www.comfortzonecamp.org
www.griefshare.org (This website locates support groups by zip codes. It
covers primarily Christian based groups)