Support Groups

Our professionally trained Bereavement Specialists and Volunteer Peer Support Facilitators are dedicated to helping those who are grieving while adjusting to a death.

For questions or more information about a specific group, please click here or contact us at the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice: 800-797-2050 or email CCCevent@ehospice.org

Coping with Grief during the Holidays

The holidays and special occasions can be difficult, casting a harsh spotlight on pain and loss.

With that in mind, we’ve created a tip sheet containing helpful thoughts and experiences that other bereaved persons have shared with us over the years. Please click here to view our tip sheet.

If you find this information helpful, please consider joining one of our support groups for an additional layer of compassionate support over the holiday months.

Support Groups

Drop-In Support Groups
Our Bereavement Specialists are dedicated to helping those who are grieving while adjusting to the death of a loved one. Below is a list of our regularly scheduled Drop-in Support Groups for anyone who has experienced a loss. Groups are held at The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice at the locations listed below. All Are Welcome! Please click on the forms below to print and complete them before attending group.
Support Group Registration Form
Support Group Consent Form
Notice of Privacy Practices
Escondido Morning

1st and 3rd Thursday every month, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Location Map It Center for Compassionate Care of the Elizabeth Hospice 930 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025


San Diego Evening

1st and 3rd Tuesday every month, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Location Map it The San Diego Humane Society 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110


San Diego Evening (for Bereaved Parents)

2nd and 4th Thursday every month, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Group will not meet on Thursday, November 24th.

Location Map it The San Diego Humane Society 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110


Carlsbad Morning

1st and 3rd Tuesday every month, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Location Map it The Elizabeth Hospice (Priestly Drive in Carlsbad) 5938 Priestly Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Carlsbad Evening (for Bereaved Parents)

2nd and 4th Wednesday every month, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Location Map it The Elizabeth Hospice (Priestly Drive in Carlsbad) 5938 Priestly Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Miramar Evening (For adults who experienced the death of a parent)

3rd Thursday every month, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Location Map it Miramar Unity Center 8999 Activity Road, San Diego, CA 92126


Temecula Evening

1st and 3rd Wednesday every month, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Location Map it The Elizabeth Hospice (Ynez Road in Temecula) 57450 Ynez Road STE 203, Temecula, CA 92591


Escondido Evening (Pet Loss Support Group)

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

The Elizabeth Hospice and San Diego Humane Society are partnering to offer a Pet Loss Support Group – an environment where thoughts and emotions can be shared with others who have experienced a similar loss. This group is designed for adults and children over 10 who have experienced the death of a pet including those considering or preparing for euthanasia.

Location Map It Center for Compassionate Care of the Elizabeth Hospice 930 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025


Grupos De Apoyo en Espanol (para los miembros de la comunidad hispana que están sufriendo la pérdida de un ser querido).

1a miercoles de cada mes, de 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Locacion Map It El Centro de Compasión del Elizabeth Hospice 930 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025


First time attendees, please call our office at (800) 797-2050, to confirm date, time, and location.
Lullabies Lost Support Group
This group provides support to families who have experienced the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or S.I.D.S.

2nd and 4th Tuesday every month, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Location Map It Center for Compassionate Care of the Elizabeth Hospice 930 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025

Specialized Support Groups
We provide Topic-Specific Support Groups, led by qualified professionals. These eight week Support Groups specifically address the uniqueness of various losses. There is a minimal fee to attend these educational Support Groups; however no one will be excluded due to inability to pay. — These groups are held based on an interest list.
  • Child Loss (for adults who have lost a child of any age)
  • Mother Loss (for anyone who has experienced the loss of their mother)
  • Parent Loss (for adults impacted by the death of a parent)
  • Spousal Loss (for adults impacted by the death of a spouse)
  • Grief Conversations for Men (for men who have experienced the loss of a loved one)
  • Writing Through the Grief Journey (This four-week group provides opportunities to find clarity and meaning through creative writing)
For more information, and to register please call our Registration Line at (760) 796-3757.
On-Campus Student Grief Support Groups
Grief counseling is available upon request for Elementary, Middle, High Schools, and Colleges. To learn more, please call our Counseling Department at (800) 797-2050.
Children, Teens and Those Who Love Them
(Littles, ages 5-7)

For information please call 760-796-3705


(Elementary Age, ages 6-12 and Concurrent Adult Group)

For information please call 760-796-3705


(Teen Group, ages 13-18 and Concurrent Adult Group)

For information please call 760-796-3705


Caregiver Support Groups
  For caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, who are either living at home or have been placed outside the home. Participation is free.
It’s a place to:
  • Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions
  • Talk through challenges and ways of coping
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns
  • Learn about resources available in your community

  Caregiver Support (For adults with family members who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia)

2nd Wednesday every month, 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Location Map it ActivCare 4S Ranch 10603 Rancho Bernardo Rd, San Diego, CA 92127


First time attendees, please call our office at (800) 797-2050, to confirm date, time, and location.