Bay Area Caregiving Counseling, Grief Support Referrals

Caregiver Support

Center for Caregiver Training
1320 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 563-9286
Email: hcc1988@aol.com

Caregiving 101 Training Program: 6 three-hour classes designed to help families and friends care for thier loved ones at home who are living with serious illness. It features practical skills and strategies for family caregivers. It is taught by community professionals who volunteer thier time. The course is free.

Family Caregiver Alliance
690 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
www.caregiver.org
(415) 434-3388
Resource Center for families of brain impaired adults. Social workers can meet with you and provide information and referrals, respite programs (Camps for Caring 4 times a year for the brain impaired adult), financial assistance, retreats for caregivers, can help pay for short term counseling for the caregiver.

The Living/Dying Project
P.O. Box 357
Fairfax, CA 94978
www.livingdying.org
(415) 456-3915
Non-denominational spiritual support for those faced with a life-threatening illness and their families. The Next Step program is a four-week, introductory program for persons who are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Clients will learn skills to cope with stress and begin the journey of spiritual healing. The Open Circle program provides one-to-one support for a person with a life-threatening illness. Support is available to our client’s caregivers.

Senior Access
72 Kensington Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 459-6120
Day Programs for frail seniors and disabled adults. Centers located in San Anselmo, Novato, and an Alzheimer’s Day Center in Corte Madera. Day programs give caregivers an opportunity for respite. The Novato Center offers a monthly support group for caregivers. See Senior Access in our Senior Section for more information.

Counseling

The Living/Dying Project
P.O. Box 357
Fairfax, CA 94978
www.livingdying.org
(415) 456-3915
Non-denominational spiritual support for those faced with a life-threatening illness and their families. The Next Step program is a four-week, introductory program for persons who are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Clients will learn skills to cope with stress and begin the journey of spiritual healing. The Open Circle program provides one-to-one support for a person with a life-threatening illness. Support is available to our client’s caregivers.

Marin Suicide Prevention & Grief Counseling
P.O. Box 4369
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-1195 for grief counseling.
(415) 499-1100 for 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis counseling.
24-hour telephone crisis support, face-to-face grief counseling for Marin residents, 6 sessions free of charge.

Grief Support

Heartland Hospice
1050 Northgate Dr. #300
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-2637

Catholic Charities
St. Gabriel Church
2559 40th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

www.cccyo.org
(415) 564-7882
Counseling offered in San Francisco by a M.F.C.C.
Center for Attitudinal Healing
33 Buchanan Drive
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-6161
Support offered for people faced with a life-threatening illness, their families, children, and for grief. Many on-going support groups offered. Please call for specific group information and times.

Compassionate Friends of Marin
(415) 457-3123
www.hometown.aol.com/neepster/
Support for parents, grandparents, and siblings after a death of a child (any age). They have support groups for parents, siblings, and grandparents in Mill Valley and San Francisco, and a support group for adult siblings in San Rafael. They offer a newsletter and website. Their website has a listing of many grief support groups in Marin County and in the Bay Area.

Hospice by the Bay
150 Nellen Avenue
Corte Madera, CA 94925
www.hospiceofmarin.com
(415) 927-2273
Many support groups, individual counseling (10 sessions) sliding scale for the general public or free to the family member of a hospice patient, and they offer specialty groups (coping with the holidays and writing through grief).

Marin Suicide Prevention & Grief Counseling
P.O. Box 4369
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-1195 for grief counseling.
(415) 499-1100 for 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis counseling.
24-hour telephone crisis support, face-to-face grief counseling for Marin residents, 6 sessions free of charge.

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption Grief Support Group
A free monthly grief support group is held on third Wednesdays of each month at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption Support groups meet at 1111 Gough Street San Francisco, CA at the corner of Gough and Geary Streets. Join others for support, connection, and prayer. These sessions provide information on the grief process, and tips on coping with the loss of a loved one.
For further details, please call Sr. Esther at (415) 567-2020, ex. 218. Facilitator: Deacon Christoph Sandoval.