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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OUR HOUSE grief support groups are run by volunteers and the focus of groups is providing support that is specific to grief. If other issues arise in group, conversations will be redirected to the topic of grief or the relationship they had with their person. Group participants support one another through the bonds of shared grief experiences. In a grief support group with OUR HOUSE, different activities, including specific discussion prompts, writing and other creative expressions will be used to help participants fully express their grief while reminiscing, sharing memories, and finding ways to maintain a connection with their person.