Loss and grief are an inevitable part of the human experience, yet it’s something we often avoid talking about, which, in turn, can make the grieving process a deeply disorienting experience. To make matters even more confusing, everyone experiences grief and loss differently. We hope that the resources we have produced and gathered on this page will provide some support and guidance to help your family, and our community, cope with the loss of loved ones. 

Recommended SBFC Grief Videos

Insight for our South Bay community from Leah Niehaus, LCSW

Helping our children with grief and loss: tips for parents from Bill Dyment, MA, PhD

Click on the button below to read a blog written for our SBFC families by Dr. Bill Dyment.


Online National Resources

What is it like for teenagers when someone close to them dies? How do they respond to the death of a parent, a sibling, a relative, a friend? (The Doughy Center)

What do we tell our children? How do we reassure them of their own safety?
At The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon, they've provided grief support groups for children, teens, young adults and their parents or adult caregivers since 1982. 

Kids learn by asking questions. When they ask questions about a death, it’s usually a sign that they’re curious about something they don’t understand. As an adult, a couple of the most important things you can do for children is to let them know that all questions are okay to ask, and to answer questions truthfully. (The Dougy Center)

Click here to read about these NATURAL and NORMAL grief responses that many teens experience (Our House)

South Bay Resources

The Gathering Place, grief information and support groups

The Gathering Place is a non-profit center for loss and life transition. They are a TrinityCare Hospice program that is funded in part by Beach Cities Health District. They have been a great resource for our South Bay schools during times of loss and grief. 

The Gathering Place
5315 Torrance Blvd. Suite B-1, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 546-6407

Walk with Sally

Dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to children of parents, guardians or siblings who have cancer or have succumbed to cancer…

…one child at a time, one heart at a time.




Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Children & Teen Book List from Our House, Grief Support Center