The death of a loved one can be one of the hardest things that we experience in our lives. To help people navigate through the journey of grieving a loved one who has died, St. Monica's Bereavement Ministry offers support groups and provides information about grief resources in the broader community.
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? You don't have to do alone!
St. Monica sponsors a peer support group that is co-facilitated by at least two bereavement ministers, who have also lost loved ones, and have received training to effectively and sensitively facilitate the group. The group experience is a 10-week process, and is offered three times a year (fall, winter, spring).
In the group, members join together to pray, reflect, and share their experiences. To help guide this process, we use The New Day Journal by Mauryeen O’Brien as the foundation for our sessions. Many participants have found the group experience to be a positive one, and have reported that they have begun to rediscover love, peace and joy in their lives.
Group participants are asked to contribute a one-time $25 fee to cover course materials, and to commit to attending all sessions. Please bring a check for $25 made out to St. Monica Catholic Community to the first session. Financial assistance is available.
Consider joining our winter group, which begins with an orientation, Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. and will meet weekly, April 23 – June 25.
If you feel you need support before our next group, contact us immediately and we can refer you to other resources.
One-on-one compassionate listening provided by a trained volunteer Caregiver
Pastoral Appointment with a Priest
American Martyrs Catholic Community: Manhattan Beach
Bereavement support groups
Contact Deacon Chris at (310) 545-5651 x 356
Our House: West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills
Grief support groups at sliding scale
Tranquil Hospice Bereavement Support Groups: Santa Monica
Ongoing bereavement support groups open to the community
Grief Haven: Pacific Palisades
Resources and support groups for parents who have lost a child of any age
WISE and Healthy Aging: Santa Monica
Bereavement support groups for senior citizens
Contact Sheila at (310) 394-9871, extension 373
Jewish Family Service Santa Monica: Santa Monica
Individual counseling at sliding scale
Didi Hirsh CMHC: Survivors After Suicide: Culver City
Support groups for family and friends impacted by suicide