The Gathering Place, a center for loss and life transitions, offers support to those in the community who have suffered the death of a loved one from any cause.
The mission of The Gathering Place is to encourage healing, health, strength and confidence in those who have experienced the death (within the last two years) of a loved one.
We focus on support groups that specialize in bereavement services for adults, teens and children. We are staffed by licensed professionals, graduate-level mental health interns and trained volunteers.
Our community education outreach effort provides bereavement information to the community, as well as referrals to community resources and private practice referrals upon request.
The Gathering Place is funded in part by Providence TrinityCare Hospice, a program of Providence Health & Services, Beach Cities Health District and donations and grants from organizations and individuals.
Bereavement support groups for children, adolescents and adults help ease the transition, as well as offer support from facilitators who understand the emotions and difficulties that are part of the grieving process. Groups meets for nine weeks and include the following:
- Loss of Spouse/Partner
- Moving Forward (Sequel to Loss of Spouse)
- Adult Loss of Parent
- Loss of Child
- Little Kids Can (ages 5-8)
- Big Kids Can (ages 9-12)
- Teen Age Grief (ages 13-18)
- Young Adult (ages 19-26)
- Parent/Guardian Group (runs concurrently for the parents/guardians whose children/teens are participating in a support group)
Pre-registration is required. Minimum member participation in forming a group is 8 people.
Please contact us and we will add your name to the waiting list for the next group.
Our volunteers go through an application and screening process, then complete a specialized training program before working with families. Volunteers are matched with patients and families who make a request for volunteer services.
Our volunteers are people from all walks of life who believe in hospice. They may have had a hospice experience or they may simply want to help patients and their families during a difficult time. All volunteer services are free of charge.
What can hospice volunteers do?
Volunteers offer companionship and emotional support to both the patient and their loved ones. Even patients who are very weak can enjoy the added comfort and a sense of security from a volunteer's gentle presence.
In addition, volunteers:
- Give a caregiver a break
- Provide transportation to doctors' appointments
- Walk the dog
- Fix lunch
- Go to the grocery store
- Read a story aloud
We encourage you to consider requesting a volunteer as part of your hospice team. Volunteers donate their time, so their availability varies but we will do our best to accommodate your request.
If you would like to know more about hospice volunteers, ask any member of the hospice team or call and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.