Bereavement & Grief Support

Surviving the Holidays 2021

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years cannot be recreated? “Surviving the Holidays” is a seminar especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death.

You will learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6:30 pm at St. Joachim Church, 1964 Orange Ave, Costa Mesa in Nevin Hall. RSVP to Kathy Lewis 949-599-8514 or Elsa Salgado, parish nurse, at 714-788-7616


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.



Anaheim Hills
San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church
5800 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd
Anaheim, CA 92807
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:30 am-11:00 am in Conference Rm #1
Contact: Elizabeth Bicknell at 714-279-9180

St. Angela Merici Catholic Church
585 S. Walnut Ave.
Brea, CA 92821
12-week program
Contact: Deacon Mike Shaffer at 714-309-2933

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

Costa Mesa
St. Joachim Catholic Church
1964 Orange Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Contact: Elsa at 714-790-9861

St. Irenaeus Catholic Church 
5201 Evergreen
Cypress, CA 90630
Grief Share Support Group
Contact: Jennifer Dagarag at

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
400 W Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Grief Share Support Group, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Contact: Deacon Tony Mercado at 714-525-2500

Huntington Beach
St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
16400 Springdale St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Grief Support – weekly sessions on Thursdays 7 p.m.
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

Lake Forest
Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church 
21682 Lake Forest Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Register on

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: 949-586-4440

St. Joseph Catholic Church
717 N. Bradford Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870
Passages Grief Support Group
Contact: Teresa Thompson 714-996-1846 or text 714-458-6191

San Juan Capistrano
Mission Basilica Pastoral Center
31520 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Widows group on Tuesdays starting Nov. 9
Contact: 949-234-1360

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.

Christ Lutheran Church
820 W Imperial Hwy, Brea
Meets every 1st Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

or in Buena Park on the 3rd Tuesday of each month

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 7-8:45 p.m.
For information, call 714-504-7042

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

Facing Forward
Meets virtually, Thursdays 3-4:30 pm
For more information, 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

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
Online and in-person options
For more information, call 877-459-3627

VITAS Healthcare Grief Support Groups
Register at

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

With Hope Foundation
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
Online Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays
In-person Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays
Contact: Heather Cram at 714-524-1996