Jewish bereavement
specific needs
Individual Counselors
Family Service Agencies & Social Service Organizations

The following agencies and organizations provide grief support to bereaved individuals, couples and families. Listings are organized in four ways: by synagogue name, by agency name, by location, and by specific type of bereavement need. Many agencies and organizations are listed that are not specifically Jewish, but whose origins, staff or patients and clients may be Jewish. Please call the telephone numbers listed for specific locations and times. Many of these agencies offer low cost or sliding scale individual counseling.

ACCESS: Air Disaster Victims' Friends and Families
E-mail: info@accesshelp.org
Assistance provided for air disaster victims’ friends and families, through peer grief mentor matching program (through telephone and e-mail) and additional resources.

AIDS Project Los Angeles
Various locations in Los Angeles
Support groups periodically. Individual counseling services available for those who have lost a loved one to AIDS related illnesses.

The Bereavement Counseling Center
16255 Ventura Blvd., Suite 308
Encino, CA 91436
Specializing in individual adult, teen, family and group counseling, focusing on bereavement and loss issues. Groups include Survivors After Suicide and Trauma and Loss. Licensed workers and lay trained facilitators. Culturally specific factors incorporated into treatment.

Beth Chayim Chadashim
6000 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
" The Coping With Loss Support Group"
"Bereavement-And-Beyond" resource, providing support for people of all sexual orientations who are coping with the loss of a loved one, or a lifecycle loss such as the loss of one's job. Two meetings a month.

Beverly Hospital
309 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
Bereavement support groups open to anyone in grief, facilitated by a social worker, free of charge.

Beyond Loss, A Bereavement Ministry in partnership with Glendale Adventist Medical Center
1509 Wilson Terrace (chaplain's office, main floor)
Glendale, CA 91206
E-mail: KlaricJ1@ah.org
Grief support groups for adults, widow/widowers, surviving the suicide of family/friend, and loss of a parent. One time charge of $25. Pre-register for SOS class at number above.

Board of Rabbis of Southern California
6505 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #430
Los Angeles, CA 90048
E-mail: boardofrabbis@jewishla.org
An "Emergency Chaplaincy Service" is available for unaffiliated patients in critical or imminent death situations in L.A. County hospitals or medical centers. Requests should be made by a staff member at the facility.

California Family Counseling Center
5445 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
To provide counseling services to individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents and seniors. A variety of groups are also offered including grief and loss; teens; anger management; women and men support groups; children and others. Counsleing services are also provided to local schools and community groups.

The Center for Grief and Loss for Children
E-mail: jether547@msn.com
Support groups for children, teens and their parents who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Center for Healthy Aging
2125 Arizona Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-576-2554, ext. 373
General bereavement and widow/widowers support groups for adults 55 and over, facilitated by peer counselors trained by the center; sliding scale fees.

Chai Lifeline
9233 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90035
E-mail: rgrossman@chailifeline.org
Chai Lifeline is an international organization that provides free support services to catastrophically ill Jewish children and their families. Bereavement services include support and counseling via telephone conferences with other bereaved parents and a trained social worker or psychologist, weekend retreats of support and therapy, books and visual materials. Services also available for educators and community rabbis.

The Chai Center
Los Angeles
Providing individual bereavement support services from a traditional Chassidic perspective to affiliated and unaffiliated community members experiencing loss.

Citrus Valley Hospice
820 North Phillips Avenue
West Covina, CA 91791
E-mail: jthompson@mail.cvhp.org
General grief support groups.

City of Hope (Transitions Program)
1500 East Duarte Rd.
Duarte, CA 91010
Reflections Bereavement Support Groups: open bereavement support groups provided for adult community members, during days and evenings, facilitated by hospital chaplain.

Comforting Hearts
Arcadia and Covina
Intimate bereavement support group for parents who have lost a child, monthly meetings, no charge, volunteer/peer lead. Free of charge.

Compassionate Friends
Nationwide bereavement support groups for families after the death of a child, at any age, from any cause.

Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital
333 N. Prairie Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-674-7050 x. 3725
Bonnie Rohrbaugh
Ongoing, open bereavement support group for all ages, free of charge.

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center
4760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230-4888
310- 751-5382
Survivors After Suicide support group. This program offers support groups for people who have lost a family member or friend to suicide, including 8-week groups, monthly drop-in groups and telephone counseling.

Drive by Agony
3400 E. Imperial Hwy
Lynwood, CA
Servicing victims of violent crimes, youth camp.

Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries
Hollywood Hills FD 904
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Galen Goben, Grief Coordinator
Offers free seminars which cover the various aspects of grief and provide useful coping tools for those who have experienced a loss of a loved one and struggle to manage their grief.

The Gathering Place
514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 115
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
A partnership between Beach Cities Health District and Trinity Care Hospice. Grief support groups for adults, children and adolescents. Kids Can is a grief support group for
children 3-8 and 9-13 and their parents.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center
(See Beyond Loss, A Bereavement Ministry)

H.O.P.E Unit Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 8034
Calabasas, CA 91372
E-mail: info@hopeunit.org
Providing community support groups in the San Fernando Valley at Valley Beth Shalom and in Los Angeles at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Widows and widowers support groups for individuals in different stages of grief, and groups for general loss of a family member other than a spouse. All groups are led by licensed therapists. Small fee per session.

Hospice of the Conejo
80 East Hillcrest Dr., Suite 204
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
E-mail: hospice@adnetsol.com
Bereavement groups, including general adult, children and teen, women’s support group for pregnancy & infant loss, senior widow and widowers group and youth bereavement “Family Night” with groups running on the same evening for parents, teen and youths. Groups are facilitated by licensed counselors and are free of charge.

Hospice ProCare
42442 10th St. West Suite D
Lancaster, CA 93534
Daytime and evening bereavement support groups. Individual counseling with and licensed social worker is also available.

Hospice of Pasadena
100 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
E-mail: hospiceofpasadena@picf.org
Hospice of Pasadena offers individual and group counseling and support groups for children. I Count Too! is a support group for children dealing with a close family member’s death. All services are provided free of charge and available in English and Spanish.

International Counseling Center
20001 S. Barrington Ave. #216
Brentwood, CA 90025
E-mail: talktherapy911@aol.com
Part of Antioch Counseling Center, specializing in Farsi and English language counseling. Counseling is also available in Spanish, Hebrew, French, Arabic and Russian. Individual counseling provided by licensed psychologists and interns. Fees are charged on a sliding scale.

Jewish Family Service
Administrative Office
6505 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #500
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Main office phone number: 323-761-8800
Providing individual counseling and support groups; sliding scale fees. Locations offering individual counseling include: Los Angeles, West Hollywood, the Conejo Valley, the San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica and the South Bay. Russian and Hebrew speaking therapists are available.

Jewish Family Service
Aleinu Family Resource Center (Orthodox Counseling Program)

6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #500
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Individual bereavement counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Services are provided by licensed mental health professionals and qualified interns who are Orthodox. All work is in strict accordance with Halachah.

Jewish Family Service
Central Access Intake Line

Jewish Family Service
Conejo Valley Counseling Office
Thousand Oaks

Jewish Family Service
Pico Robertson Storefront

8838 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90035
A support group for widows and widowers who have lost their partner in the last two years. Medicare or sliding scale payment is accepted.

Jewish Family Service
Valley Storefront

12821 Victory Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Widows and widowers support groups for older adults (60+). Before beginning the group, participants must first meet with the social worker leading the group.

Jewish Family Service
West Los Angeles Counseling Center

2050 South Bundy Drive, Suite 270
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Coping with Living Alone - For older adults who have been grieving for over one year. Bereavement support for adults under 40 who have lost a parent.

Kaiser Permanente (Valleys Service Area)
Reseda, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Woodland Hills, Lancaster, Valencia
Dr. Roscoe Miller Bereavement Program: bereavement support groups for adults. Open to the community and free of charge. Various days and times of the week. Provided by Valleys Continuing Care Department, Kaiser Permanente.

Loved Ones of Homicide Victims
24 hr Hotline and free teen support group.

Maple Counseling Center
9107 Wilshire Blvd., Lower Level
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-271-9999 Ext 254
Support groups for loss of spouse or parent, as well as individual counseling. Sliding scale.

Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Three bereavement programs are offered free of charge:

The Healing Journey
An 8-week workshop dealing with grief and loss. This program is held various times throughout the year. Please call (818) 885-8500 extension 4591 for dates and times.

Loss of Little One
An 8-week workshop for those dealing with the loss of a pregnancy, infant or child. This program is held three times per year. Please call (818) 885-8500 extension 4550 for dates and times.

Bereavement Support Group/On Going
An opportunity to share feelings and concerns while gaining support from others who are experiencing loss. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7:30pm. Please call (818) 885-8351 for more details.

Odyssey HealthCare, Inc. Hospice
1900 W. Garvey South Suite 200
West Covina, CA 91790
Also Garden Grove, Santa Ana and San Bernardino locations.
Occasional, general bereavement support group for adults, free of charge, open to community members, facilitated by spiritual counselor.

11759 Missouri Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90025
E-mail: opica@opica.org
Ongoing bereavement group for older adults.

Our House
1663 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
21860 Burbank Blvd, Suite 195
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
E-mail: ourhouse@ourhouse-grief.org
Providing grief support services, education, resources and hope. All groups are fee based with a sliding scale. Groups co-led by highly trained volunteers. The adult program offers groups for young widows/widowers, mid-life loss, later-life loss, parents grieving the loss of a young or adult child, adults grieving the loss of a parent. The children’s program offers support groups for death of a parent or sibling that are age appropriate and loss appropriate, and use various methods of grief expression, including art, music, play and poetry; school-based grief support groups are also available.

Parents of Murdered Children
www.pomc.com - National site
For families and friends of those who have died by violence. Free support groups/meetings, one-on-one support and assistance to help survivors deal with their acute grief and with the criminal justice system. Survivors will be linked with others in the same vicinity who have survived their loved one's murder. Local chapters include:

San Fernando Valley Chapter
412 N. Lazard Street, San Fernando, Ca. 91340 or
P.O. BOX 920395, Sylmar, Ca. 91392.
818-362-5506 or 818-202-0071
E-mail: floresmagon@yahoo.com

San Gabriel Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 40673
Pasadena, CA 91144

Orange County Chapter
P.O. Box 28864
Santa Ana, CA 92799

Pasadena Hospice
Huntington Memorial Hospital
100 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Individual, family and group bereavement support groups, free of charge to all community members, facilitated by licensed clinical social workers. Groups in Spanish are also available.

Pathways Volunteer Hospice
3300 E South Street, Suite 209
Long Beach, CA 90805
Ongoing bereavement support groups. The Changes program is for children and parents/caregivers who have suffered a loss – parents are in an adult group and children are in age-appropriate groups. The program also includes school-based grief education.
Other groups for adult and senior groups through the Journeys program, a group widowed men, and periodic training seminars for parents of preschoolers facing a death in the family or coping with grief.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
12401 Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602
562-698-0811 X2500
Adult bereavement support group, facilitated by pastoral services department, free of charge to all community members.

Providence/Holy Cross Medical Center
15031 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91346
Ten-week, grief recovery support groups for all community members, facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker and chaplain, free of charge.

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
501 S. Buena Vista
Burbank, CA 91505
E-mail: D'vorah.McDonald@providence.org
Groups are open to all members of the community and are held in eight-week sessions three times a year.

Santa Clarita Senior Center
22900 Market Street
Newhall, CA 91321
Emotional support and general bereavement support groups for members of the community. A grief support group meets once a week.

Shanti Foundation
HIV/AIDS related services include individual counseling by interns under the supervision of an MFT and two-hour, weekly bereavement support groups facilitated by two para-professionals. Intake required, free services.

Torrance Memorial Home Health and Hospice
3330 Lomita Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
General adult bereavement support groups, facilitated by a chaplain, social worker or trained volunteer, open to all community members, free of charge.

Trinity Kids Care
2601 Airport Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
E-mail: gaylekirma@providence.org
Grief and loss counseling with an emphasis on the loss of a seriously ill child.

UCLA-Ted Mann Family Resource Center
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 502
Los Angeles, CA 90095
This bereavement support group is fro men and women who have experienced a recent loss of an adult family member to cancer. Emphasis is placed on working through grief and loss. This group is conducted every Monday evening from 6-7:30pm and reservations/registration is required.

We Spark (Cancer Support Center)
13522 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
E-mail: infor@wespark.org
Bereavement support group on Mondays at 7:00pm for loss through cancer. Flexible, free services, for cancer patients, their families and friends. Adults only.

The Wellness Community
Locations in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Westlake Village and Orange County (Santa Ana). A free program of support, education and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. Some locations, such as Santa Monica, Foothills and Westlake, offer bereavement support services for family members and friends of Wellness Community participants.

© 2006 The Jewish Bereavement Project. Designed by Karin Mueller. Supported by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.