Adult Grief Support FAQs

Adult Grief Support Group Questions & Answers

What types of adult grief support groups do you offer?

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center groups form after the death of someone close and are specific to the age of the griever, the length of time since the death, and the relationship to the person who died. Each group consists of five to twelve members and meets every other week at our centers in West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, and Mid-City/Koreatown.

Currently, our In-House groups are for those grieving a:

  • Partner or Spouse
  • Teen or Adult Child
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Someone Close (i.e., friend, co-worker, other family member)

Please note that the types of groups meeting at each of our three locations differ. We can provide you with more detailed information when you call, including grief support referrals for people whose needs fall outside the range of our services.

Where are your adult grief support groups located?

Our adult groups for English speakers meet at our three locations: West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, and Mid-City/Koreatown. Additionally, we offer groups in Spanish at our three locations and throughout the community for adults who have experienced the death of someone close.

  • Please note that our services are currently only available in Southern California. If our services are not a match for your current grief support needs, here are some suggestions for referrals:
    Use the following link to find grief support services in your area: https://www.dougy.org/grief-support-programs/
  • Contact the Palliative Care social worker and/or the chaplain at your local hospital and ask them for referrals to local grief support groups
  • Contact a local mortuary or hospice, they often have referrals for local grief support
  • If you are interested in therapy, please use the following link where you can search for therapists by location and specialty in addition to countless other search criteria: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us

Do you offer Spanish-language grief support groups?

Yes, we offer groups in Spanish at our three locations and throughout the community for adults who have experienced the death of someone close. For more information, please click here to read in Spanish.

Do you offer Miscarriage/Stillbirth/Infant Loss (MSI) grief support groups?

Currently, we do not offer any Miscarriage/Stillbirth/Infant Loss (MSI) grief support groups. We do, however, have a list of referrals we can give you. Please contact us at (310) 473-1511 for more information.

Do you offer pet bereavement support groups?

Currently, we do not offer any pet bereavement groups. We do, however, have a list of referrals we can give you. Please contact us at (310) 473-1511 for more information.

When can I start an adult grief support group?

Grief support groups for adults grieving a partner/spouse, parent, sibling, or someone close begin within the first 12 months after the death. Groups for parents who are grieving the death of an adult or teen child begin within the first 18 months after the death. Ongoing general grief support groups are offered within 3 years after the death.

When do your adult grief support groups take place?

Our adult groups usually meet Monday through Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., depending on the location. Occasionally, we have a group that meets during the day.

What is the process for joining an adult grief support group?

  1. Complete the Services Inquiry Form and one of our clinicians will call you the following business day to discuss our services. You may also call OUR HOUSE from 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday at (310) 473-1511 or toll free at (888) 417-1444 to speak directly with a clinician.
  2. The clinician will be able to answer your questions about our services and schedule a Pre-Group Appointment (PGA).
  3. After the PGA, if it is determined that one of our groups is appropriate for your needs, you will be offered a spot in the next available group. Wait time varies based on the number of people ready to join a specific group at any given time.

Why do I need to come in for a Pre-Group Appointment before joining a group?

The Pre-Group Appointment is designed to give you the opportunity to tell your story and assess your interest in joining a group. OUR HOUSE clinicians use these meetings to determine whether our groups can meet your needs and to make a plan for your individual grief needs.

What are the fees for attending group?

As a non-profit agency, our services are offered on a sliding-scale. The suggested fee for the Pre-Group Appointment is $65, and the suggested fee for each group meeting is $35; we can slide down to $1 for either service. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Private health insurance plans, Medicare, and Medi-Cal do not cover our services.

Why do groups meet every other week?

  • The emotional content of each group meeting may take time to process.
  • Grievers’ schedules often do not allow for a weekly commitment to attend groups regularly.
  • Group members are encouraged to meet with one another outside of their OUR HOUSE group on the alternate weeks when group does not meet.

What are your policies on adult grief support group attendance?

OUR HOUSE grief support groups are small closed groups. All members are encouraged to attend on a regular basis.
When someone makes the commitment to join a group, we request that they are present for all sessions to both give and receive support.
We understand that from time to time a group member will need to miss a group meeting; we ask that they let OUR HOUSE know of their upcoming absence in advance.
Group participants agree to refrain from using alcohol and recreational drugs prior to attending group meetings.
Confidentiality is maintained for all support group discussions.

Who facilitates your grief support groups?

OUR HOUSE grief support groups are co-led by highly trained and supervised volunteer group leaders who are trained and supervised regularly by our clinical staff. We utilize a non-disclosure model for our group leaders, meaning that they do not share their grief history or other personal information with group members.

Can my child/children wait in the lobby while I am in an adult grief support group?

No.

What should I say to someone when their loved one has died?

Please see our What to Say, What to Do? information page. For additional support materials, please review our bookstore and library of Grief Pages.

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