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    Grief Support Programs

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    The loss of a loved one is difficult and complicated by our society’s reticence to talk about grief.  Our bereavement department is available to offer support through one-on-one consultations, either in-person or by phone or other electronic formats such as Zoom and Facetime, depending on the preference of the client.

    To find out more or to register for a group, please call Xavia at 707-258-9080 or email xa**************@pr********.org.

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    SUMMER, 2024

    Early-Stage Grief Workshop


    This is a workshop designed to provide information on grief and mourning. We live in a death-averse society, and seldom have access to learning about the process of grief.
    Location: 414 South Jefferson St., Napa
    Registration: Contact Xavia at 707-258-9080 or Xa**************@pr********.org

    Adult Loss of a Parent

    Thursdays, July 11 - August 29, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (8 Sessions)

    The death of a parent is a significant event in the lives of most. This is a closed (limited to 8 people) support group that includes grief education and open discussion. Members tend to express relief that their experiences are shared by others and that they are not unique in their grief.

    For the Adult Loss of a Parent series, each class builds on the content of the previous class, so for the best outcome, we strongly recommend attending all 8 classes.

    Location: Main Conference, 414 South Jefferson St., Napa
    Registration: Contact Xavia at 707-258-9080 or Xa**************@pr********.org

    Learning to Live with Loss

    TUESDAYS, offered periodically at Rianda House, 1475 Main St., St. Helena (confirm on Rianda House Calendar)

    *Please note that these classes will also be offered in Spanish at Rianda House at a later date!

    WEDNESDAYS, July 10 - August 28, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (8 Sessions)

    Location: Main Conference Room, 414 South Jefferson St., Napa

    Grief is an unchartered journey. This 8-week, in person group combines education about grief with support from members and includes tools to facilitate the grieving process.

    Class Topics:
    Week 1: Getting acquainted with, and understanding grief
    Week 2: Myths of grief and self-care
    Week 3: The reality of loss
    Week 4: Remembering
    Week 5: Helping yourself
    Week 6: Factors that influence your grief
    Week 7: Changes
    Week 8: The next steps

    For the Learning to Live with Loss series, each class builds on the content of the previous class, so for the best outcome, we strongly recommend attending all 8 classes.
    Registration: Contact Xavia at 707-258-9080 or Xa**************@pr********.org


    Crisis Lines

    If you are in a crisis or distress at any time, services are available day and night.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    800.TALK (8255) (live chat available)
    Professionals are on standby to offer counseling and assistance
    for all life crises.
    Crisis text line:  text “HOME” to 741741

    Mental Health Crisis Hotline

    Confidential support and information. Bilingual.

    Veterans Crisis Line/Military Crisis Line
    800.273.8255 (Press 1)  (live chat available)
    Connects with veterans, their family and friends in crisis.

    Friendship Line for Older and Disabled Adults

    24-hour toll-free hotline for older and disabled adults. Trained staff and volunteers respond to calls from individuals who are either in crisis or just need a friendly voice to talk to.


    Aldea Children and Family Services

    Individual, family, and group therapy, in Spanish and English.
    Eligibility:  Self-referral okay.  Open to youth up to 18 years old.

    707.255.0966 ext.132

    Professional psychotherapy to individuals of all ages, in Spanish and English.
    Eligibility:   Napa County Residents.
    Fees:  Various insurances, plus sliding scale, based on client income

    Ole Health

    Professional, bilingual therapy

    LGBTQ Connection

    Bilingual counseling and support.

    Kaiser Permanente

    Professional therapists available.
    Eligibility:  Kaiser members only
    Fees:  Based on member’s insurance coverage.


    Therapists are experienced in grief counseling.

    • Nicole Bendayan MFT


    • Penni Cremen, MFT


    • Annette Henke, LCSW


    • Angie Ito, LCS


    • Joanie Seidel, MFT


    • Sharon Marks, LCSW


    Loss of a Child

    Compassionate Friends of Napa Valley
    Call about local monthly peer support meetings

    SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

    Survivors of Loss Due to Suicide

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Healing Conversations”

    Peer support for Survivors of loss due to suicide.
    Visit:, and follow the steps under “get help”.    

    Denise Bleuel, LCSW
    No fee phone support
    James Warnock, MDiv
    No fee phone support

    David Kessler – offers online support groups and many resources on death and grief, as well as a list of approved grief counselors, by state.
    Dr. Alan Wolfelt – Not currently offering support groups, although he has many resources for reading and self-help, along with a list of approved grief counselors, listed by state.
    The Center for Complicated Grief – offers resources, support and workshops to assist the grieving process.
    Offers support groups, sharing and a journal for recording your feelings. If you go to the website and enter your zip code, you will be provided with a list of griefshare groups in your proximity.
    Has a wide array of grief resources and provides links to other websites dealing with specific types of loss.
    Links those wanting counseling to the appropriate type of counselor on its site.


    Widowed Person’s Association of California, Napa Chapter.
    707.254.0467 (Contact: Karen)

    Meet every 2nd Friday at the Elks Lodge for lunch
    Zoom meetings every Thursday at 12:45
    $60 membership fee

    Men’s Group
    707.258.1800 (Contact: Rocky)

    Fridays, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Napa Senior Center

    Gents and a Cuppa Joe
    707.963.8555 x 103 (Contact: Caroll Cotton)

    Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    Rianda House

    Senior Centers

    Senior Centers offer a variety of activities, from art to sport, through socialization and exercise classes.  They offer non-threatening ways to meet other people and form new interactions, as well as to learn something new, which is excellent for brain health!  All are open to all members of the public – you do not have to be a resident of that area.

    Napa Senior Center

    1500 Jefferson St., Napa 94559

    Rianda House
    707.963.8555 x 103

    1475 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574

    Parks and Recreation, Yountville

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