Adult bereavement programs are designed for individuals who are grieving the death of someone they love. Adult programs include one-on-one sessions, group sessions, workshops and community events.

The purpose of the bereavement program is to assist both persons of our wider community as well as the families of our Hospice patients. These programs provide participants with an understanding of the grief process, the skills to better manage grief, and an opportunity to share experiences with others who are also grieving.

Programs include:

  • 6 week Adult Bereavement Support Groups in Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca.
  • Spanish support /apoyo del las Perdida de un ser Amado — Favor de llamar a Elizabeth Hernandez at (209) 922-0302.
  • Workshops addressing various aspects of grief such as Coping with the Holidays, Spirituality and Loss, or Loss of a Mother are held approximately every other month.
  • Crisis intervention: group meeting for organization or family of 10 or more
  • Monthly drop-in support group for loss by suicide


One-on-one grief related support sessions with our Chaplain, Bereavement Department Manager or Social Worker upon request..

Adult Bereavement Support Groups

Hospice of San Joaquin offers bereavement support groups on a regular basis. These groups are for those who have experienced the death of someone close to them and would like to learn more about the grieving process and gain support and insight from others who have had similar experiences.

Our support groups meet for six weeks and are offered to all adults in the community. There is no charge for the groups, however, a one-time $10.00 donation is appreciated to help cover the cost of materials.

Due to the necessity to limit the size of the groups, pre-registration is required. We encourage you to call our Bereavement Program at 209-957-3888 at your earliest convenience to register as groups tend to fill up quickly.

2017 Bereavement Workshops & Special Events:

Understanding Your Grief June 23, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Stockton
Understanding Your Grief August 19, TBA Manteca
Loss of a Mother for Women May 6, 9am – 2pm Stockton
Loss of a Mother for Women May 7, 11am – 4pm Lodi
Spring Memorial May 18, 6 – 7:30pm Stockton
Creative Expressions of Loss Fridays Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:30 – 8:30pm Stockton
Coping with the Holidays November 14, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Lodi
Coping with the Holidays November 18, 9am – 12pm Stockton
Coping with the Holidays TBA Manteca

2017 – Support Groups

General Loss en Español (Drop-in)

1st Thursday of each month 3 – 4:30pm Stockton

Loss by Suicide (Drop-in)

2nd Monday of each month 5:30 – 7pm Stockton

Lodi – General Loss

April 4 – May 9 Tuesday 5:30 – 7pm
October 3 – November 7 Tuesday 5:30 – 7pm

Manteca – General Loss

May 2 – June 6 Tuesdays 5:30 – 7pm
September 19 – October 24 Tuesday 5:30 – 7pm

Stockton – General Loss

April 26 – May 31 Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm
June 21 – July 26 Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm
August 2 – September 6 Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm
October 4 – November 8 Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm

Stockton Groups- Loss of Spouse/Partner

April 26 – May 31 Wednesdays 3 – 4:30pm
June 7 – July 12 Wednesdays 3 – 4:30pm
August 2 – September 6 Wednesdays 3 – 4:30pm
October 4 – November 8 Wednesdays 3 – 4:30pm