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.

For parish ministry leaders: If you are interested in bringing GriefShare to your parish, please join us on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:00 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center to learn more about how to implement this grief support ministry. Registration is $35 and includes a sample materials pack. More information is on our flyer or contact Linda Ji at

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