Livingston provides grief and bereavement support throughout Ventura County. Our team of highly trained professionals and volunteers offer compassionate care and support. Our goal is to provide a safe, healing place to learn how to cope with your grief, share your story, and to honor and remember your loved one.
Bereavement counseling can offer the support you need to help you through your grief.
We offer both individual (one-on-one) counseling with trained bereavement counselors/therapists and group counseling.
Participating in individual or group counseling will help you better understand the grief process. Grief counseling can help you to develop coping skills, increase independence and autonomy, create new social support systems — and rediscover a sense of hope.
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Mental Health crisis number is 988
Our licensed counselors are specifically trained in grief counseling. Our focused — and free — counseling is offered to the family members of our hospice patients as well as to individuals, couples, children, and families living in our community.
Individual counseling services are offered at our Camarillo Grief & Bereavement Center; group sessions are offered throughout the county.
Our groups are led by licensed medical social workers, licensed marriage family child therapists, chaplains, and volunteers specializing in grief, loss, and transition for adults, children, teens, couples, and families.
We offer a variety of support groups throughout Ventura County including: Young Widow and Widowers, Newly Bereaved Children (Good Grief Club), Survivors of Suicide, Adult Loss of a Parent, Bereaved Mothers, and Teen Support Groups (at local high schools).
Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one can benefit from grief counseling.
All bereavement services are offered free of charge.
Community donations are appreciated and help us continue to offer support to those in need. Services are also supported through proceeds from the Camarillo Certified Farmers Market.
Facilitated support groups provide an opportunity for individuals to explore their grief — in an environment of trust — with others who are grieving.
All groups are free-of-charge and open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Drop-ins are welcome, but please call to register before attending for the first time.
The length of grief counseling will vary depending on the needs of the griever. Services are provided for up to one year.
Grief is a unique experience and no two people grieve the same. We advise the griever to wait for at least 6 to 8 weeks after the death of a loved one before joining one of our support groups. This allows you time to move through the shock of the death and be better able to share your story and hear the stories of other group members.
We recommend you attend a few groups until you find the right group for you. We do not recommend you attend more than two groups a week.
Those persons who have worked with their grief to move toward the dimension of reconciliation should be able to demonstrate:
From Alan Wolfelt PhD, Center for Loss and Life Transition