Grief is a natural response to loss. Our grief counselors offer comfort and support to families, caregivers and community members who are anticipating or coping with the loss of a loved one.

Everyone experiences grief in their own way. We create a confidential, safe place where you can feel comforted and understood, while learning to manage the changes and challenges that come with all types of loss — illness, age, sudden or accidental death, suicide, child or pregnancy loss.

Individual & Family Counseling

One-on-one counseling allows you to privately explore feelings, understand your responses to grief, and empowers you to make positive changes in your situation. We can also help couples or families learn how best to support each other after a shared loss.

Support Groups

Talking with others who share a similar sense of loss offers emotional support and connection and eases feeling of isolation. Led by a grief counselor, our groups offer you time to express feelings, learn how others cope with loss and better understand the grief process.

Our six- or eight-week groups include coping with the loss of a parent, spouse or partner, sibling or child. We also offer one-session groups on special topics such as getting through holidays or loss of a pet, and free weekly drop-in groups at each of our offices. Current groups are listed below and on our Event Calendar.

Marin Grief Support Groups and Services
Winter-Spring 2019

San Francisco Grief Support Groups and Services
Winter-Spring 2019

Sonoma Grief Support Groups and Services
Winter-Spring 2019
Our Sonoma Counseling Office has moved to 922 First Street West

Youth Grief Support Program

Young children and teenagers can be deeply affected by the loss of someone close to them. However, they grieve differently than adults and need specialized support and care.

Our youth counselors are trained to support the needs of children and teens. We work with ages 5 to 17, using age-appropriate family, individual and group counseling activities including art therapy, symbolic play and grief education.

By the Bay Camp — for Grieving Children & Teens

Join us for our annual FREE grief support weekend for youth ages 7 to 17. Traditional camp fun mixes with age-appropriate therapeutic activities that help children and teens express grief, build trust and self-esteem and learn to cope with loss. Professional grief counselors, trained staff and volunteers provide support. For more information or to apply for camp, visit the By the Bay Camp page. You may also call (415) 526.5699 or email us at

Services of Remembrance

These well-loved community gatherings honor loved ones who have died by sharing comforting messages, music and ritual. For the dates of upcoming services in Marin, San Francisco and Sonoma counties, visit our Event Calendar.

Community Crisis Support & Grief Education

When a death impacts a school, workplace or community, contact us for an on-site counseling visit to provide group grief support. Our counselors can also customize presentations to help teachers, students, social workers, health care professionals, business owners and community members understand the grief process and support others who are grieving.

Payment for Grief Counseling

Many of our community grief support groups are offered free-of-charge, including all of our weekly and monthly drop-in sessions. Our other support groups, as well as individual and family counseling, have a sliding-fee scale that can reduce costs for those who qualify. For family members of patients who received Hospice by the Bay’s care, some services are offered free-of-charge for a limited time following the loss. Please call or email our Bereavement Department for more details: (415) 526.5699 or (707) 931.7299;

Bereavement Internships

Post-graduate students may apply for supervised internships. Click here for internship information or email Human Resources.

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