Bereavement & Grief Support

Grief Support during COVID-19

Many of our grief support groups are unable to gather at this time due to physical distancing directives. If you are suffering grief from the loss of a loved one, Nurse Jennifer at St. Irenaeus Parish invites you to join GriefShare:

GriefShare is faith-based grief support that meets weekly. We are now going on-line to provide support during this unprecedented and difficult time of need. Each meeting includes prayer, a video, and time for discussion/reflection. One does not need to be a parishioner of St. Irenaeus to join the GriefShare group. Please send an email to Nurse Jennifer, Include your name and phone number in the email. I will call you and walk you through the login process. You may also go to, select “find a church,” and choose St. Irenaeus.

Please know that you are not alone in your grief. Our GriefShare team is here to walk with you on this difficult journey.


Grief is a process that each person experiences uniquely in his or her own way. There is no doubt that grief comes with pain, a pain that varies in different degrees for each person. Emotions vary as well. The most common reactions to the death of a loved one are: shock, denial, anger, guilt, sadness, and finally acceptance. These may be felt in sequence or all at once.

Throughout the Diocese of Orange, one can find bereavement and grief support ministries. There is a downloadable and printable version of the below listing here.


St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church
2050 West Ball Rd
Anaheim CA 92804
Contact: Deacon Jose Ferreras at (714) 678-3426

St. Angela Merici Catholic Church
585 S. Walnut Ave.
Brea, CA 92821
Group in English meets twice a month on Thursdays – 7:00-9:00 pm
Contact: Deacon Mike Shaffer at 714-309-2933
Group in Spanish meets every other Wednesday – 6:30-8:00 pm
Contact: Carmela Gutierrez at 714-529-1821 ext. 134

Buena Park
St. Pius V Catholic Church
7691 Orangethorpe Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90621
1st and 3rd Mondays of each month – 7:30 pm in Nativity Room
Contact: John Alba at 714-522-2193

Costa Mesa
St. Joachim Catholic Church
1964 Orange Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month 2:00-4:00 pm
Contact: Julia Teal at 949-574-7400

St. Irenaeus Catholic Church 
5201 Evergreen
Cypress, CA 90630
Grief Share Support Group 13-week sessions  – Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
in Parish Ed. Bldg.
Contact: Deacon Bruce Sago at 714-826-0760 for session information.

Huntington Beach
St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
16400 Springdale St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Grief Support – weekly sessions on Thursdays 7:30 pm
Contact: Louise Dow at 714-846-3359

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
5101 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
Tuesdays weekly at 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Jane Roschmann at 714-667-2341 or

Laguna Niguel
St. Timothy Catholic Church 
29102 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Coping with Grief and Loss Mondays – 7:30-9:00 pm
Contact: Sally Hotchkiss at 949-249-4096, or
Terri Loquercio at 949-309-6055

Lake Forest
Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church 
21682 Lake Forest Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Contact: Ruthanne Inscore at 949-472-0962

Mission Viejo
St. Kilian Catholic Church
26872 Estanciero Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Bethany Bereavement Group – Sessions are held each Thursday at 1 p.m.
Contact: Mary Radecki at (657) 372-2402

St. Joseph Catholic Church
717 N. Bradford Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870
Passages Grief Support Group
Contact: 714-528-1487

San Juan Capistrano
Mission Basilica Pastoral Center
31520 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Silverado Grief Support Group meets every 2nd Thursday from 3:00-4:00 pm in Conference Room G
Contact: Christine Hernandez, LCSW at 888-328-5660

Yorba Linda
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
19767 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month in St. Elizabeth Room
Contact: Peggy Squires at 714-270-2312



Compassionate Friends
Grief support for the loss of a child.  Siblings over the age of 16 and grandparents also welcome.

Grace Bible Chapel 
1119 S. Lambert Dr.
Fullerton, CA 92833
Meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm

Christ Lutheran Church

820 W Imperial Hwy, Brea
Meets every 1st Monday of each month at 7:00pm

Contact: Yolanda & George 714-335-4763

Compassionate Friends
Grief support for the loss of a child 
Lakeview Senior Center 

20 Lake Rd
Irvine, CA 92614
Meets every 1st Wednesday of each month 7:00-9:00pm
For information, call 714-504-7042

2401 E Katella Ave Suite 440
Anaheim, CA 92806
Healing Broken Hearts Grief Support Group
Meets 1st Tuesdays of each month – 10:00-11:30am
For more information or to register contact:
John Choi 800-889-3227

Hoag Family Cancer Center 
1 Hoag Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Facing Forward
Every Thursday 5:30-7:00pm
Facilitator: Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW
To register call: 949-764-8358

Life Goes On Support Group
Friday nights 7:00-8:30pm for 10 weeks. Regular attendance required.
Facilitator: Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW
To register call: 949-764-8358

Mariposa Women and Family Center
812 W. Town and Country Road
Orange, CA 92868
Various Grief Groups for All Ages
For more information on dates/times/registration 714-547-6494,

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach
31872 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Living Life Again Support Group
11-week course / 3 times per year
For more information on dates/ locations call: 949-499-7133

Presbyterian Church of the Master
26051 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Grief Recovery Group
For more information on dates/times call: 949-582-2670

Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Pkwy.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Grief Share – 13 week program
Contact: Elaine, 949-609-8392,

Empty Arms Support Group
For families who have suffered the loss of a child from miscarriage or stillbirth.
Meets Sundays.
For more information, call: 949-609-8370

St. Jude Community Services
130 Bastanchury Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92835
Healing Hearts After Loss
Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm
For more information, call 877-459-3627

VITAS Healthcare Grief Support Groups
They have several groups that are open to all Orange County residents.
View/download information flyer here.
To register or for questions, contact Amy Stallings, VITAS Bereavement Services Manager, at 714-734-2753

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Orange County Center
2021 East 4th Street, Ste 204
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Survivors After Suicide Attempt Support Group
8-week program for adults only.
For more information or to register, call 714-547-0885

Suicide Bereavement Support Group
8-week program for anyone who has lost someone to suicide
For more information, call 714-546-0885

SOS (Survivors of Suicide) Orange County
First Baptist Church of Garden Grove
12761 Euclid St
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Support for any adult survivor of a loved one who has committed suicide.
Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month 1:30-3:30pm
Contact: Jeri Livingstone at 714-539-1429 or