Everyone deserves the opportunity and support to reflect on the loss of someone significant in their lives who has died. Grief and Growing™ is a clinically-based, Jewish healing program uniquely designed to help individuals and families attend to their losses in community, and gain the tools they need in their mourning.

Click here to apply for the next Grief and Growing™ Adult program:
Saturday evening, February 6th through Sunday afternoon, February 7th, 2021
online via Zoom.

Applications are due by November 30, 2020 at 5:00pm. A $30 processing fee is due at the time of application.

The next Grief and Growing™ Redwoods Program: A Healing Program for Bereaved Families with Participants Ages 5-18
will take place Saturday evening, March 6th through Sunday afternoon, March 7th, 2021
online via Zoom.
An application form is required from each family member who wishes to attend.
Click here for the adult form; click here for the youth form.

Applications are due by December 30, 2020 at 5:00pm. A $30 processing fee per family is due at the time of application.

Parents may participate in both the Adult and Redwoods programs.

We provide individual telephone and online orientation, preparation, and support before the program begins.

Previews and Resources

Rabbi Natan Fenner shares a quiet moment, and one of many helpful tools from Grief and Growing™

Debby Graudenz, LMFT introduces the Redwoods program

Songleaders Jonathan Ferris and Kiki Lipsett offer comforting music from the Grief and Growing™ playlist

Mary Tarbell-Green offers a clinical perspective on Grief and Growing™

Mary Hirsch, MFT, ATR-BC talks about creativity in grief

Mark Haviland, CMT shares a simple self-care tool for settling the emotions we can carry in our bodies in grief

Footsteps in the sand

Grief and Growing™ is for you…

if you would find comfort being:

  • among other bereaved individuals or families
  • supported by a holistic professional staff of griefcare specialists
  • in a program dedicated to grief and healing

For the February 2021 Grief and Growing™ adult program, full payment will be required of all confirmed participants by January 8, 2021. For the March 2021 Grief and Growing™ Redwoods program, full payment will be required of all confirmed participants by February 5, 2021. The suggested range of our standard fee is $100 – $600 per person. Any parent attending both the February and March Grief and Growing™ programs may have their second program fee waived. Payment arrangements are determined in conversation with one of the rabbis, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. Please call us at 415-750-3436 if you have any concerns about the program cost.

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 in isolation. We – the co-directors of Grief and Growing™ – 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 our annual Grief and Growing program into a new format. As always, Grief and Growing will provide support, spiritual guidance, and professional clinical work for our mourners.

Grief doesn’t end; it can change. This spiritually-grounded, psycho-educational program can help you create your own ‘toolbox’ for coping with your grief, that you can carry with you throughout your life.
Grief & Growing™ Directors

Many participants find that taking the dedicated time to focus on their grief buoys them as they return to their daily schedule. This program 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.