Jewish bereavement
specific needs
Individual Counselors
Bereavement Support Groups by Location

West Los Angeles Area (including Beverly Hills, Culver City, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, West L.A.)

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.

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

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Our House
1950 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 255
Los Angeles, CA 90025
22801 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 112
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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.

Temple Akiba
5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, California 90230
E-mail: TemAkiba@aol.com
Bereavement support groups for those who have lost a parent, spouse, friend or child. Open to the community, no fee. Facilitated by licensed practitioner. Please call for more details.

University Synagogue
Support groups provided by the Westside Chapter of The Compassionate Friends
11960 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
E-mail: barbarapapkoff@aol.com
Support groups for parents who have lost children or for siblings who are in mourning. Please call for details.

Westwood Kehilla
10523 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Rabbis available for individual counseling and kaddish minyanim.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Irmas Campus
11661 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
E-mail: pwallace@wbtla.org
Bereavement group for adults who have lost a spouse, led by Jewish Family Service West Los Angeles. Please call 213-388-2401 for more information. Ongoing bereavement support for individuals who have lost a spouse, either in the first or second year after a loss. Offered by the H.O.P.E. Unit Foundation. Please call 818-788-HOPE for further information.

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.