Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes, and at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.
In the days, weeks and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below, or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.
Local Grief Support
Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro: Support to family and friends (310-832-3311).
Torrance Memorial Hospital: Bereavement Support Group (310-784-3751).
Little Company of Mary Medical Center: Survivors after Suicide (310-751-5382).
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church: Grief Support Group (Paula Mazzarino, 310-547-2103).
Holy Trinity Catholic Church: Ministry of Bereavement, Grief Support Group (Decon Dennis Carlson, 310-548-6535 Ext. 324).
Hope Chapel San Pedro: Coping with the loss of a loved one (310-832-4673)
General Grief Support Organizations
Fernside Online - an online resource for grieving children.
The Dougy Center - the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. They provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.