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). Services are offered as described below for adults, children, teens and families.

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Individual Peer Support for Adults

Adults may 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.


Peer Support Groups for 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.

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

  • Next Group to Be Announced

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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 Meetings (twice a month) on TBD
Next Group Expected to Begin SPRING 2018

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 Expected to Begin in JANUARY 2018

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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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 Expected to Begin OCTOBER 2017

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 1:00pm - 2:30pm (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 WINTER 2017

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 FALL 2017

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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Peer Support Groups for Children, Teens and Parents

The following groups are available for children, teens, and parents who are grieving the death of a family member. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment to meet others who have experienced the death of a parent, caregiver, or significant family member by illness, accident, suicide or homicide. In groups, participants are given the opportunity to share experiences around grief and loss, and to acquire coping skills as they integrate the loss into their daily lives.

After an initial intake interview, family members are placed into groups as space permits by considering age, who died, and how that person died. Groups take place twice a month in the evening, for 90 minute sessions. Parent groups run concurrently with the children and middle school groups. Parent and child/teen enrollment is not dependent upon each other, as Kara recognizes the unique needs and readiness of each family member. Learn more below about our current groups.

CHILDREN, AGES 5 - 11

Children’s groups are designed for children to process their grief and the accompanying range of thoughts and emotions they may have through play and creative expression. Children’s groups provide opportunities for children to express themselves verbally and non-verbally through a range of outlets, including discussion, expressive and visual arts, activities, games, and movement. Children benefit from the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with one another in a supportive and structured environment. Children’s groups are offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings, twice a month.

An intake interview is required with every family member who is interested in joining a group.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th - 8th GRADES)

The middle school group is a blended session with time for participants to talk and share experiences together, as well as participate in a number of activities of their choice. In group, middle school children learn healthy ways to process their grief and cope with their loss. The middle school group is only offered on Monday evenings, twice a month.

An intake interview is required with every family member who is interested in joining a group.

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TEENS (9th - 12th GRADES)

The teen group is a discussion-based support group where teens can connect with peers in similar situations, understand their own individual grief process, and develop healthy skills and strategies for coping and self-care. The teen group meets on Tuesday evenings, twice a month. There is no parent group running the same evening as the teen group.

An intake interview is required with every family member who is interested in joining a group.

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FOR PARENTS - SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS

Adult peer support groups for parents/caregivers of children younger than 18 who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner are offered on the same evenings as the children and middle school groups. The spouse/partner loss groups offer an opportunity for participants to share about their own individual loss and grief, as well as to meet other parents in similar situations. In group, parents are part of a supportive environment where they can share about parenting challenges and issues they may be facing.

An intake interview is required with every family member who is interested in joining a group.

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FOR PARENTS - CHILD LOSS (under age 18)

This child loss peer support group is designed for parents grieving the death of a child younger than 18 years old. The group offers a space for parents to share their experiences with one another and to gain support around their own loss as well as challenges they may be facing as a family. The child loss group meets on Tuesday evenings, twice a month.

An intake interview is required with every family member who is interested in joining a group.

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Although I walk around with an invisible weight from the grief, I now also feel my heart cracking open, able to breathe, cry and express what is inside. With deep gratitude to all in the group, thank you, thank you, thank you for your presence and walking through this together.

Group Participant