Every year, participants come together in a rustic retreat setting to reflect on the loss of someone significant in their lives who has died. The Grief and Growing™ weekend is an experience uniquely designed to help individuals and families attend to their losses, build community, and gain the tools they need in their mourning.

May 21, 2020 Update:
We are in tender times. Many of us have found ourselves in mourning. Grief is compounded by the ways in which funerals, memorial services and shivas have had to be conducted. We – the co-directors of the Grief and Growing™ Weekend – remain committed to our 25-year dedication to the mitzvah of comforting the mourner with traditional, creative, spiritual and professional resources, and are working now to transform the familiar patterns of our annual Grief and Growing program into a new format. We are convinced that we will be able to provide for our mourners the essence of support, spiritual guidance, and professional clinical work that our residential weekend programming has offered. For this reason, our registration continues. If you, or someone you know, is in need of grief support, please contact us.

Use this link to register online. For downloadable registration form and flyer, click here. Please note the flyer and registration materials still reflect our earlier plans for the 2020 Grief and Growing™ to take place in a residential setting during Labor Day weekend. If you have any questions, please call us at 415-750-3436.

Acknowledging the uncertainties everyone is facing, please know that your deposit and all payments for the Weekend are fully refundable up until August 2nd, if for any reason you decide to cancel.

Two kids in the forrest doing art during Grief and Growing
It was incredible to have the time and space to be where we were, knowing our kids were in loving hands and that there are people who care. It’s hard not to have this more often in my grief, but it helps knowing the space is there.
Grief & GrowingParticipant

A One-of-a-Kind Jewish Healing Retreat

Grief and Growing is for you if you would find comfort being:

  • among other bereaved individuals and families
  • in a beautiful Bay Area setting
  • supported by a holistic professional staff of griefcare and camp specialists
  • in a weekend dedicated to grief and healing

Many participants find that taking the dedicated time to focus on their grief buoys them as they return to their daily schedule. This weekend is the only one of its kind in the Jewish community for individuals and families.

We welcome the diversity of the community, including families of all kinds, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, ages, classes, races and cultural affinities.

Financial assistance is available by calling the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center at: (415) 750-3436.  No one is turned away for lack of funds.