Peer Support

Peer-based services offer emotional support to those grieving a death or coping with a terminal illness (their own or another's). Our peer support model advocates listening, speaking, and acting from the heart in service to others with the goal of providing compassionate, non-judgmental support. It is a philosophy and practice based on mutual respect, empathy, positive regard, non-judgmental behavior, genuineness, acceptance of differences, and intention to be of service. Fees are not charged for our peer support services but donations are suggested (one's ability to donate never affects service availability).

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Individual Peer Support for Adults

Adults can receive individual (one-on-one) peer support from a trained volunteer. Following an initial interview, a person is carefully matched to an appropriate peer counselor. Weekly meetings are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the individual and the peer counselor. The unique needs of the individual typically determines the length of time for the support services.

Group Peer Support for Children, Teens, Families & Adults

Many find it helpful to meet with others who have experienced a similar loss. These groups, facilitated by our trained volunteers, offer an opportunity to share experiences in a safe, supportive environment. Regularly scheduled ongoing groups as well as drop-in groups for adults are offered throughout the year. New groups are initiated when a group concludes. Learn more below about our current or upcoming groups.

Peer Group Offerings

GROUPS FOR CHILDREN, TEENS & FAMILIES

These groups are founded on the belief that every child and family deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment. Peer groups can serve as:

  • A place to learn that a range of feelings are normal
  • A place to learn that they are not alone, and that others share similar feelings and experiences

On-going grief support groups (meeting twice a month) are offered for children ages 5 to 11, middle schoolers (ages 12- 14), and teens – and their families – who are grieving the death of a family member or close friend. These groups also include concurrent support groups for the accompanying parents or caregivers.

An initial interview is required for all participants before enrolling in these groups.

Adult groups allow an opportunity to discuss and share experiences with grief. Parents of preschoolers who are too young to attend (ages 1-4) are also welcome to participate. Our children's groups consist of talking circles and a time for open-ended activities. The evenings are designed to provide important processing time for the children, allowing them to express their grieving through the powerful language of play.

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DROP-IN GROUPS FOR ADULTS

Ongoing drop-in groups are for adults who are grieving any type of death of someone in their lives. No appointment or interview is needed. No groups occur the week between Christmas and New Year.

Palo Alto Location - 457 Kingsley Avenue

  • General Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month - Evenings (7:00-8:30 pm)
  • General Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month - Afternoons (1:00-2:30 pm)
  • Men's Group: 4th Tuesday of the month - Evenings (7:00-8:30 pm)

San Mateo Location - 205 East 3rd Avenue, Suite 200D

  • General Group: Thursdays, October 13, 2016 – January 19, 2017 (12 weeks only) Afternoons (12:00-1:30 pm)
  • Space is Limited - Register Here

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MEN'S GROUP

This group is offered twice a year and meets for 12 weekly sessions – typically 7:00 - 8:30pm. The group is designed for men who have recently had a significant person in their life die. The group provides a safe and a supportive environment for men to share their experiences and feelings as well as learn about the grieving process.

12 Weekly Meetings on Thursdays
Next Group Begins in October

An initial interview is required before enrolling in the group. The group will meet at the Palo Alto office location. Although no fee is required for participating in this group, regular donations are suggested and appreciated.

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ADULT CHILD LOSS GROUP

This group is offered twice a year and typically meets twice a month for 12 total sessions. The participants in the group will share their experience and learn from the experience of others.

The group is designed to support parents after six months has passed since the death of their adult child.

12 Weekly Meetings on Thursdays at 1pm -2:30pm
Next Group Begins in November

An initial interview is required before enrolling in the group. The group will meet at the Palo Alto office location. Although no fee is required for participating in this group, regular donations are suggested and appreciated.

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ADULT SIBLING LOSS GROUP

This group is offered twice a year and meets twice a month for 12 total sessions in the evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm (excluding holidays). The group provides a safe and supportive environment for adults who are grieving to share their experiences and feelings as well as learn about the grieving process.

The group is designed for adults who have recently had a sibling die.

12 Meetings (twice a month) on Wednesdays
Next Group Begins in October

An initial interview is required before enrolling in the group. The group will meet at the Palo Alto office location. Although no fee is required for participating in this group, regular donations are suggested and appreciated.

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SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP

This group is offered twice a year and meets weekly for 12 total sessions in the evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm (excluding holidays). The group provides a safe and supportive environment for adults who are grieving to share their experiences and feelings as well as learn about the grieving process.

The group is designed for adults who have had a family member or close friend die as a result of suicide.

12 Weekly Meetings (TBD)
Next Group Begins in September

An initial interview is required before enrolling in the group. The group will meet at the Palo Alto office location. Although no fee is required for participating in this group, regular donations are suggested and appreciated.

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SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP

This group is offered once or twice a year and meets weekly for 12 total sessions in the late morning from 11:00am - 12:30pm (excluding holidays). The group provides a safe and supportive environment for adults who are grieving to share their experiences and feelings as well as learn about the grieving process.

The group is designed for adults who have had a spouse or partner die.

12 Weekly Meetings on Tuesday
Next Group Begins in July

An initial interview is required before enrolling in the group. The group will meet at the Palo Alto office location. Although no fee is required for participating in this group, regular donations are suggested and appreciated.

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