Grief Support and Resources

 

After the death of a loved one, many people experience a wide variety of feelings and wonder if these feelings are normal. Some people become overwhelmed with the intensity and conflicting nature of their feelings. OneLegacy Family Care professionals recommend the following community resources to assist you on your grief journey:

Free OneLegacy Grief Support Groups

Free Facebook OneLegacy Grief Support Group (on-line)

Free Grief Support Workshops

OneLegacy Surviving the Holidays Workshop

Free Individual Phone Counseling or Community Referrals

National Resources for Adult or Child/Teen Grief

Web Based Bereavement Resources and Referrals

 

OneLegacy Grief Support Groups


paper cutouts holding handsOneLegacy hosts FREE monthly support groups for donor families at our Downtown Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and Bakersfield offices.




  • Downtown Los Angeles and Inland Empire groups are open to adults and children as young as 3 years old. Groups are offered in English and Spanish on one Saturday morning each month.
  • Groups in Orange County are offered to adults who speak English on one Saturday a month.
  • Bakersfield groups are short-term weekly groups for adults offered in English or Spanish.
  • To get more information or to reserve a space, please email us at familycare@onelegacy.org or call 800-423-7220.

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OneLegacy Facebook Grief Support Group (on-line)


facebook logoOneLegacy administrates an on-line grief support group via Facebook. Launched in June 2011, our online Facebook Group allows you to connect with other donor families 24/7 no matter where you live. Day or night, you can connect to over 165 donor family members who have already joined. For more information or to join, contact familycare@onelegacy.org; we will send you the group guidelines, and connect you.
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OneLegacy Grief Support Workshops


family at day of the dead craft dayIn the cultural tradition out of Oaxaca Mexico, OneLegacy's Dia de Los Muertos 3-hour workshops take place once a year in October in DTLA or Redlands. It's an opportunity for children 3 years old through adults (Spanish and English) to gather as a family, make crafts and art projects together with photos of their loved ones, and discuss the cultural traditional of this holiday where people gather to decorate a memorial altar to honor the deceased. RSVP to FamilyCare@onelegacy.org.


family at day of the dead craft day
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OneLegacy Surviving the Holidays Workshop


donor holiday craftAs the holidays approach, Donor families tell us that the calendar of traditional celebrations cause feelings of loneliness, stress, sadness, and longing for their loved ones who have died. It's normal to experience "holiday blues" on top of grief and loss. We offer our "Surviving the Holidays" Workshop once a year in mid-November to help address some of these normal reactions.
Surviving the Holidays

Sobreviviendo los dias festivos


donor holiday craftOur Free, 3-hour workshop held in DTLA or Redlands is an opportunity for children 3+ to adult age (Spanish and English) to gather as a family. Crafts and art projects are available to create together with photos of your loved one, and age-specific groups are created to discuss ideas about how to cope with the holidays. RSVP to RSVP to FamilyCare@onelegacy.org.
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Individual Phone Support, Counseling,
and Grief Support Groups


phoneFor some donor families, groups or Facebook aren't as good of a fit as individual counseling via phone with one of our OneLegacy Family Care staff and/or receive referrals to a counselor or to another support group in your area. If so, please contact us by email at familycare@onelegacy.org; or call 800-423-7220 so that we can assist you.
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National Programs

AOPO

The Association for Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is the national organization that accredits OneLegacy, and this link will help you find the OPO nearest your home, enabling you to connect to your local community and participate in donate life events and opportunities to honor your loved one.

Camp Widow

Camp Widow is a national camp for widows and widowers.

Comfort Zone Camp

Free weekend camp for children (age 7 - 17 and young adults 19 - 23) coping with the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Camps are held year-round. Registration is required due to limited space. Applications are available online or call the office to receive application by mail. Some cause of death specific camps are also available via their partnerships (Homicide, Suicide, Fireman, 9/11 deaths, etc.).
California Location: 20965 S. Western Avenue, Suite 145, Torrance, CA 90501 Phone: 310-781-1032

Compassionate Friends

Assists families following the death of a child of any age. Website offers information, resources and has a chapter locator to help find local support groups.

National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)

Provides a national referral list of child, teen, and family grief support services, promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.
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Web Based Bereavement
Resources and Rerrals

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

A national directory of grief and loss counseling specialists in your area by area of expertise, geographic setting or profession.

Grief Haven

Grief Haven offers support for parents and others who have lost a child. Online chat forum available.

Grief Net

Email support groups for adults and children, resource guide, ability to create a memorial for loved one.

Hello Grief

Hello Grief provides information and resources about grief in order to break through the current culture of avoidance that surrounds death and loss. Read articles, meet others dealing with grief, and find resources.

Legacy Connect

Website that allows people to tell their story, connect with others, find comfort and inspiration and begin to heal.

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation

Website that allows national network of support for anyone grieving the loss of someone they love - with a special emphasis on those who have been widowed.

Pledge Life Memorial

Free online memorial for your loved one.
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