(818) 788-HOPE (4673)
Grief Support Groups Serving West Los Angeles, Encino and Agoura Hills

About HOPE Connection Groups

Do you need volunteers and Board support?

We are particularly interested in people who want to support HOPE Connection through sponsorship, patron level or volunteer. The Board is always looking for additional support with experienced fundraisers and people who have backgrounds in publicity and marketing. Serving on the HOPE Connection Board is a rich and rewarding experience of meeting dedicated people who care about loss and grief support services and…

Can I donate to HOPE Connection in the memory of someone who died?

We sincerely appreciate your interest in the work of HOPE Connection. Donations go directly towards maintaining all programs. With continued support like yours, we can provide ongoing educational and support services. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Donate Here. We have tribute envelopes available for various occasions: birthday, wedding, anniversary, memorial, confirmation, get well, holiday and other. Donations go towards…

How can I make an endowment to HOPE?

Gifts to our Endowment Fund are welcome. Please consider HOPE Connection as a part of your annual charitable giving and estate planning. Tribute envelopes are available and check with your own lawyer. We would be happy to help you arrange this. HOPE Connection is interested in always making this program available to people who need the service. We appreciate and accept gifts…

Why does HOPE Connection offer loss groups that only include widows and widowers?

Although we recognize that there are other kinds of loss that need to be grieved and mourned, we feel it is a mistake to place people with various losses in one group. There are clearly different issues. In divorce, people often feel rejected and angry. Widows and widowers are dealing with sadness, guilt, aloneness, abandonment, among other emotional issues. Although the divorced…

Why do we offer Alumni groups?

At first we believed that two years was a sufficient period of time, because we did not want to encourage people to become “professional mourners.” Over time and at the members request we began to see the value of offering more group support. The Alumni groups deal less with loss and more with “return to life” issues. They discuss dating, loneliness, socialization,…

Why does HOPE Connection maintain a two-year program rather than a shorter one?

We maintain a two year program because research and experience has shown that grief is a process, and the individual needs time to heal. In the first months of bereavement the individual goes thought the “shock and denial” stage, operating on “automatic pilot.” The second stage, “recoil and distress” occurs around the first year of mourning. This stage brings intense feelings, dealing…

What is HOPE Connection?

It is a community support group, not a therapy group, where you join with others who understand what you are going through because they are going through it too. The group members bring up what they need to in the group with the therapist serving to guide, support, educate and facilitate the group meetings. Members are encouraged to take responsibility for what…