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February 15, 2024

3 Best Grief Support Groups in Los Angeles

Kristie Plantinga
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February 15, 2024
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Grief can be devastating, but getting support can help you learn to live again after a loved one's passing.

There are many grief support groups to choose from, and they all differ in how they provide support.

Below, we’ve curated a list of three of the best grief support groups we researched in Los Angeles. We also explain a few things to consider when making your decision to join a group or hire a therapist.

1. Loved Ones Victims Services

  • Google rating: 5.0/5.0
  • Location: 5701 W Slauson Ave #116, Culver City, CA 90230
  • Services offered: grief support groups, individual therapy, grief coaching

Since 1985, Loved Ones Victim Services (LOVS) has been aiding individuals in navigating grief and trauma linked to homicide. They offer counseling and support to empower those affected to overcome their loss and navigate through the trauma.

2. Grief Haven

  • Google rating: 5.0/5.0
  • Location: 5332 Antioch Street, No. 147 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
  • Services offered: grief support groups, individual therapy, free packet of hope, events

Grief Haven dedicates themselves to providing education and grief support to people who loved and lost. They also provide support to those who want to help someone who is currently grieving and educate professionals who might work in a setting that involves death and dying.

3. Our House Grief Support Center

  • Google rating: 4.3/5.0
  • Location: 3415 S Sepulveda Blvd Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • Services offered: grief support groups, grief support resources

According to the Our House Grief Support Center website, The OUR HOUSE mission is to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope. Since 1993, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark upon their journeys to hope and healing after a loss.

Understanding grief

According to the Cleveland Clinic, grief is the experience of coping with loss. It often follows the death of a loved one, but can also accompany any event that disrupts our sense of normalcy or self. 

This includes the loss of connections that define us, such as a friend, family member, partner, pet, job, financial stability, or health. 

Grief is highly individualized and can involve stages like denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, but these stages aren’t rules and don’t have to happen in any particular order.

Factors to consider when choosing a Los Angeles grief support group

When choosing a grief support group, take the following into consideration.

  • Credentials and expertise. Look for support groups led by trained professionals, such as licensed therapists or counselors, who have experience in grief counseling. Credentials and qualifications ensure that the facilitators have the necessary skills to provide effective support and guidance.
  • Level of care. Assess the level of care provided by the support group. Consider whether the group offers individualized attention, personalized treatment plans, and access to additional resources such as therapy sessions or educational workshops. A comprehensive approach to care can enhance the effectiveness of the support group in addressing your needs.
  • Group dynamics. Evaluate the dynamics of the support group, including the size of the group, the diversity of its members, and the structure of the meetings. Choose a group where you feel comfortable sharing your experiences and emotions, and where you can benefit from the collective support and understanding of others.
  • Accessibility. Consider the location, schedule, and format of the support group meetings. Choose a group that is easily accessible and convenient for you to attend regularly. Additionally, explore whether virtual or online support group options are available, especially if in-person meetings are not feasible.
  • Financial considerations. Take into account any financial considerations associated with participating in the support group, such as membership fees, session costs, or insurance coverage. Explore whether there are sliding scale fees or financial assistance options available to ensure affordability.
  • Reputation and reviews. Research the reputation of the support group and read reviews or testimonials from past participants. Seek feedback from trusted sources, such as healthcare providers or community organizations, to gauge the effectiveness and reputation of the group in providing support for grief and loss.

Not sure if a grief support group is right for you?

Some people swear by support groups. A healing community can change your life, but it may not be a good fit for you at this time. That's okay!

While both options can offer valuable support, a grief therapist can provide more personalized attention and tailored interventions to address your specific needs and concerns. Individual therapy also offers a confidential and safe space for you to explore your grief, process complex emotions, and develop coping strategies at your own pace. 

If you're uncertain about whether to attend a grief support group or seek individual therapy for your grief, consider consulting with a grief therapist. 

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Written by
Kristie Plantinga

Kristie Plantinga is the founder of Best Therapists. Along with being on the client-side of therapy, Kristie has had the honor of working directly with therapists in her marketing agency for therapists, TherapieSEO. While working alongside therapists, she learned about the inequities in our mental health system that therapists face on a daily basis, and she wanted to do something about it. That’s why Best Therapists is a platform designed to benefit not only therapy-seekers, but therapy providers. Kristie has a Masters degree in Written Communication and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Music.

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Katelyn McMahon
Registered Psychotherapist, VT #097.0134200

Katelyn is a therapist-turned-writer with a passion for mental health. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of England and is a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Katelyn has professional experience in aging care, addiction treatment, integrated health care, and private practice settings. She also has lived experience being on the client side of therapy. Currently, Katelyn is a content writer who’s passionate about spreading mental health awareness and helping other therapists and therapy-seekers Do The Work.

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