Grief Resources Serving the Greater Sacramento Area & Placer County

Hope, Healing & Help Grief MinistriesA library of audio and printed grief resources to give you Hope for your future, healing for your grief, and help on your journey.  Listen to recorded interviews on pertinent grief issues. Access archived interviews at www.hopehealinghelp/programs  


UC Davis Young Adult Bereavement Art Group 
Contact Don at 916.734.1139 for start date
Designed for young adults age 17 to 24 who are coping with the death of someone close
The series runs twice yearly in the spring and fall.

Topics covered during the 8-week series

  • Acknowledging & Understanding Grief
  • Expressing and Accepting Feelings
  • Changing of Roles
  • Coping and Stress
  • Developing Supportive Relationships

To chat with the facilitator or to register, contact Don Lewis 916.734.1139 or
nfo: Young Adult Bereavement Group Invitation

Bereavement Network Services of Sacramento

Bereavement Network Directory is an extensive list of grief support resources in the Sacramento, California area published by the Bereavement Network Services of Sacramento.

Support Groups

For those who have lost a loved one of any relationship

GriefShare (13-week support series) For locations near you, visit GriefShare is held at many locations… Check the website for a location near you.

Beyond Loss (Support Group) Destiny Christian Church, 6900 Destiny Drive, Rocklin. A caring support group offering hope & healing, restoring purpose for your future.  Call 916-780-2273 for additional information.

Grief Care (8-week support series)
Grief Care is a support group for those who have lost a loved one of any relationship.
This 8-week series is presented three times a year, beginning in January, April and September, at Bayside Church of Granite Bay, 1861 Sierra College Blvd (corner of Sierra College Blvd & Olympus), Granite Bay, CA.  To find out when the next series will begin, call Pam Brubaker at 916-300-8776.

For Bereaved Parents & Grandparents

Bereaved Parents of the USA – Sacramento-South Placer County Chapter

for Moms:
First Thursday of each month in the Sacramento/Roseville area, 6:00-8:30 pm.
Gatherings for Dads
Second Saturday of each month at Window Box Café in Rocklin. 8:30-10:00 am
Visit to learn more about these support groups.
National website:

The Compassionate Friends – Sacramento Valley Chapter
Contact: 916-457-4096 (message line) or
Small Discussion Group for newly bereaved parents: First Tuesday every month, 7:30-9:00 pm, Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael.
Large gathering for all bereaved parents: Third Friday every month, 7:30-9:00 pm. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark’s Way, Sacramento 95864.  Speakers or discussion on topics of grief.
National website:

Grief Support Group for Bereaved Parents UC Davis Hospice
UC Davis Bereaved Parent Support Group
Begins February 21, 2018
An 8-week educational grief program for parents who have lost a child age newborn to 21 years. Contact Don Lewis at 916-734-1139 or email delewis@

Faith Based Support Groups for Bereaved Moms

Placerville Westside Church, 4675 Missouri Flat Road, Room C5, Placerville (in the portable building parallel with the road) Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm
Contact:  Barbara Tankersley 530-344-7859

Grass Valley Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough & Ready Hwy, Room 140, Grass Valley Mondays 4:00-5:30 pm
Contact Cindy 548-4497 or Robin 530-273-4559

For those who have experienced the loss of an infant or an interrupted pregnancy

Sharing Parents Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Groups Free support group for loss of a baby from conception through early infancy (up to 6 months of age). For current calendar of meetings visit sharingparents.orgcall 916-392-0664, or email to Meeting location: Sutter Roseville Medical Center, One Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville 95661 1) General meetings monthly for perinatal loss regardless of how long ago the loss occurred. 2)

Subsequent pregnancy meetings held monthly for parents contemplating future pregnancy or who are currently pregnant. 3) A four week Short Term Grief series for parents with recent perinatal loss.

Annual Butterfly Release in October (Date TBD) at the Capitol Park Rose Garden on 15th Street between L & N Streets in Sacramento.

For those whose loved one was murdered

Parents of Murdered Children Groups meet monthly, usually on the 4th Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm Sacramento Police HQ, 5770 Freeport Blvd. Call 916-879-4541 to confirm.

For those whose loved one died by suicide

Friends for Survival (Suicide Survivors)

Groups meet monthly: Sacramento: 2nd Tuesday, 7:00-9:15 pm, call Marilyn Koenig 916-392-0664
Roseville: 3rd Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm, call Dorcas Reily 530-878-3873 or Michele Murphy 530-346-6343

Suicide Prevention

Local 24 hour Suicide Hotline – 530-885-2300 (Sacramento-Placer County) National Suicide Hotline #1 – 800-784-2433 National Suicide Hotline #2 – 800-273-TALK (8255) Covenant House – 800-959-9999 Suicide Hotline for VETERANS – 800-273-8255 – 1 Visit to learn about this fundraising effort for suicide prevention.

For children age 6 through 17 who have lost a close family member

Camp Hope of Northern California A weekend camp packed full of activities and therapeutic sessions to help children age 6 through 17 deal with the loss of a close family member.

For those whose loved one died as a result of a drunk driving accident

MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving California State Office 4629 Whitney Ave., Suite 7 Sacramento, CA  95821 Ofc 916-481-6233 x 103 877-MADD-HELP victim support Cell 916-601-8052 Judy Utter, Victim Specialist – National website:

For Those Who Have Lost a Spouse

Widowed Persons Association of California

For Those Seeing After-Abortion Grief Care

Living Hope After-Abortion Care offers Biblical guidance into understanding the effects of abortion and offers a pathway to God’s healing mercy and grace.  Tanya Flores offers confidential, one-on-one studes and weekend retreats. She can be contacted through Centerpoint Community Church or Alternatives Pregnancy Center.  Listen to the Hope, Healing & Help interviews with Tanya Flores Dealing with the Emotional Impact of Abortion and After-Abortion Care.

Holiday Grief

Surviving the Holidays Grief Care and Support Group 2018
Annually beginning in November, through first week in January
8 week series, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Bayside Church,  8191 Sierra College Blvd, Room B221,  Granite Bay, CA
Contact Deb & John Kirkpatrick, 530.888.6912 for information and pre-registration
Join any time during the series.  Open to those who have lost a loved one of any relationship.

GriefShare Surviving the Holidays
A one-session educational event to help you deal with loss during the holiday season.
Visit to find a location near you.

Sacramento Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
“Breaking the cycles of brokenness in our community”
Call their 24 Hour Crisis Line 916.857.1801

For those recovering from addiction

Celebrate Recovery Join us for Celebrate Recovery EVERY Friday Night – 52 weeks a year. We’re here to help with your hurts, hang-ups and habits. This experience of recovery truly allows us to be changed. You’re welcome to stop by at any time. We’d love to meet you!  EVERY Friday Night Location: Bayside Church 8191 Sierra College Blvd, Roseville, Ca 95661 B Building, Room B-121 6:00–7:00pm: Dinner ($5.00, includes Solid Rock Cafe) 7:00–8:00pm: Large Group Session (Personal testimonies or guest speakers) 8:00–9:00pm: Open Share Small Group Men’s groups: Substance Abuse, Codependency, Chemically Addicted, Anger, Sexual Addictions & Same Sex Attraction Women’s groups: Substance Abuse, Codependency, Chemically Addicted, Anger, Love & Relationships, Physical & Emotional and Sexual Abuse

Outreach Organizations

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships Matt Huckabay, Executive Director
Listen as Matt discusses Understanding the Grief of Abused Women.
Zafia’s Family House (outreach organization for families who have a child in the hospital, Roseville, CA).  Currently seeking funding for building the house. Visit Zafia’s Family House Facebook.