Bereavement Spiritual Support Groups
Grief is not a pathology. It is a normal response to loss. Typical grief responses include loss of focus, sleep challenges, and a range of physical, emotional and spiritual reactions. Some spiritual frameworks may be reflections of the afterlife, on-going relationship to the person who died, considerations of a broader world view, loss of concrete faith, questioning God, or questioning previous assumptions about the nature of life.
We typically offer one Bereavement Spiritual Support Group (BSSG) during each season of the year. The sessions are facilitated by a Bay Area Jewish Healing Center rabbi and focus on tending to the grief of each participant. The groups are successively held in San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the North Bay (Marin/Santa Rosa).
A word about grief groups in general: while many group forms are offered, such as a drop in group or a group for like-losses such as spousal loss, or for like demographic grief groups for– as an example– only LGBTQ participants, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center has learned over time that it best utilizes its resources and supports the grief journey in the community at large by offering the following framework: