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Bereavement Resources — All Islands

The Hawaii Psychological Association provides these listings to provide resources to the community.
The Association is not responsible for the accuracy of information or the performance of
any services provided by those listed.

The Association is not endorsing or recommending
any particular member for any particular treatment or service. 

Support Groups

Bristol Hospice — O'ahu

  • Individual and family counseling by appointment.
  • Weekly Bereavement Support Group every Tuesday morning, 10:00am – 11:00 a.m. @ Unity Church, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. 
  • Free.

Castle Medical Center — O'ahu (Windward)  

  • Individual, couple, family counseling by appointment.
  • Windward Support Groups. Please call for more information and schedule.
  • Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group
  • Caregivers Support Group
  • Hospice
  • National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
  • Free. Registration is not required. 

Compassionate Friends — Oahu and Hilo 

  • Self-help group assists parents and siblings with adjustments to grief/loss.
  • Free 

Family Bereavement Support Group
— Oahu (Kaiser Moanalua)

Phone Sandra Pohl, 808-521-1812

  • Monthly support group facilitated by Rev. J.P.
  • Free 

Griefshare — O'ahu (Kaneohe & Wahiawa)

  • Grief Share is a Christian based, nondenominational program that covers grief and facilitates the road to recovery. It is a 13-week session support group of members who have experienced bereavement.  

Hospice Hawaii — O'ahu (Honolulu, Aiea & Kailua)

  • Bereavement support groups for adults, annual family/children’s camp, Ka Pilani Pulama (The Caring Connection), and consultation/support for death in the workplace, schools, and the community

Hug Hawaii — O'ahu (Honolulu)

  • Japanese speaker who is grieving a loss of a loved one.
  • Individual and family counseling by appointment or private meeting by appointment.
  • Monthly Event (workshops, seminars, service projects, etc) $45 per year 

Islands Hospice — O'ahu

  • Bereavement support groups for adults.
  • Monthly Grief Support Group
  • Grief Support Groups on the Beach
  • East Side Grief Support Group
  • Healing Through The Land

Joshua Neves Children's Foundation
(JNCF) — O'ahu 

  • Families who have suffered the loss of a child (newborn to 24-years old), and those with children battling life-threatening injury or illness.
  • JNCF provides financial assistance to help families with the cost of their child’s memorial service, hospital co-payments, and individual or family grief counseling. Applications for financial assistance are available online. Monthly bereavement support group meetings are held in partnership with Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center 

Kids Hurt Too Hawaii — O'ahu 

  • Youth ages 3 to 19 (and their families) who have experienced a loss from the death of someone close, divorce, relocation, or separation from parents.
  • Peer support groups for children and teens;
  • Workshops and training; 
  • Crisis intervention after violent death. 
  • Call for locations, times, and dates of peer groups; to schedule or attend a workshop; or to request a crisis intervention.
  • Free to children and families; service fees for training and workshops. Donations accepted. 

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) -— Victim Services — O'ahu

  • motional support, bereavement literature, and assistance/advocacy with the criminal justice system, and attorney/counselor/community resource referrals.
  • Referral to professional counseling, monthly support group for those who have lost a loved one to a drunk-/drugged-driving crash or any type of homicide. 
  • We provide a Victim Impact Panel for DUI offenders mandated by traffic courts on a quarterly basis. 
  • 24 hour Victim Helpline Toll free
    1-877-MADD-HELP (1-877-623-3435)
  • Free and confidential 

Make Today Count (Sponsored in part by The American cancer Society) — O'ahu 

  • Open to the community
  • Meetings are held at Nuuanu Congregational Church
  • Free 

New Hope Oahu - Grief Share Ministry
Jennifer and Karl McCormick 1-406-381-0172

  • Open to all families of all beliefs and faiths who have lost a loved one to death (men, women, families).
  • Grief Share is a 13-week Christian based, nondenominational tool that helps individuals through the grieving process
  • There is a small fee fore the workbook

Parents of Murdered Children — O'ahu 
Nadine Onodera, 236-2242 

  • For anyone who has lost a loved one to homicide or other violent death.
  • Monthly self-help support groups, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon on the 4th Saturday of every month at First Assembly of God at Moanalua. 
  • Ongoing emotional support, court accompaniment, assistance with documents and procedures

Pet Loss Support Group — O'ahu (Hawaii Humane Society)

  • This group offers information & emotional support for those who are grieving the loss of an animal. The group meets once a month at the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Avenue. 
  • Call to reserve a seat.
  • Free 

St. Francis Hospice — O'ahu 

  • Any individuals whose deceased loved ones were enrolled in St. Francis Hospice. 
  • Comprehensive support services aimed at meeting the needs of grieving individuals, including ongoing grief support group meetings, walk in the mall program, lunch bunch groups, grief classes, and grief workshops.

  • Children’s Grief Newsletter. 
    Call to be on mail list.

  • Grief Support Groups:

    • Nuuanu -  St. Francis Community Health Services
    • West - Immaculate Conception Church

  • Evening Grief Classes:

    • Creative Approaches to Grief -Nuuanu
    • Sharing Grief Though Word Games - Mililani
    • Men’s Grief Support Group
    • WALK IN THE MALL (open to anyone who has had a loss) Pearlridge, Ward Warehouse, Kahala, Windward


    • Remembering Walk:
    • Trauma and the Grief Journey


    • Annual Interdenominational Memorial Service: “A Rose for Remembrance”
    • Annual Tree Lighting Event
Star of the Sea Healing Arts Ministry
— O'ahu 
    • Bereavement Support Group for those actively grieving, one-to-one individual support through Emmaus companioning as well as prayer ministry support.
    • Free 


Borthwick Mortuary — O'ahu
Mel Kalahiki, 522–5200

  • Provides literature and videos for bereavement support. “Picking Up the Pieces” program is a series providing assistance and support in coping with the death of a loved one. Topics vary from the death of a child, suicides, and unexpected deaths.
  • Free 
Samaritan Counseling Center Hawaii — O'ahu
  • Professional counseling that integrates spiritual and religious beliefs into the therapeutic process. We serve children, adults and families in six community locations on Oahu.
Hugs — O'ahu
  • A wide range of support services for seriously ill children and their families, plus bereavement support to these families.
  • Free 
Ka Makana O Lili'uokalani — O'ahu
Erla Pauole, 523-6756 
  • For children of Hawaiian ancestry below the age 18 with one or both parents deceased.
  • Services range from referrals to appropriate community resources to financial assistance. A special gift from Queen Lili’uokalani.
  • Free 
Kokua Mau — O'ahu/All Islands
  • Services are open to everyone, membership grants a discount for educational activities. 
  • Speaker’s Bureau, educational materials, resources and training related to hospice, end-of-life care, palliative care and early advance care planning on all islands. 
  • Free monthly e-newsletter
  • Nominal fees for training materials. 
  • Speaker’s Bureau - Donations requested, if possible. 
Legacy of life Hawai'i — O'ahu
  • Family members of Hawaii’s organ, tissue and eye donors.
  • Provide support and follow-up care for donor families. Provide information related to organ and tissue donation. Bereavement resource library. Please call for information.
  • Free 
Life Foundation (The AIDS foundation of Hawaii on O'ahu) 
  • Persons with AIDS/HIV and their loved ones.
  • Confidential comprehensive support services including case management, community resource referral and supportive activities.
  • Free 
Playworks — O'ahu
Nan Holmes, 741-4787
  • PlayWorks is an art studio where people use painting and creative sandplay to access those feelings that are difficult to express in words. Working individually in a group setting, participants learn to trust the process to speak the language of their hearts and have an option to share with each other what their innermost selves have to say.
  • Call for information. 
Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center 
  • Honolulu: 851-7768
  • Waianae: 668-2314
  • Punalu’u: 293–8577
  • Ko’olaupoko: 235-7613
  • Waimanalo: 851-7790
  • Neighbor Island available. 

  • Part-Hawaiian and Hawaiian orphans, age 0 – 17. The Trust defines an orphan with one or both parent’s dead.
  • Wide range of resources and counseling, including grief support. 
Reid Richards Foundation "Napuaokamakaola" 
  • Academic scholarships to students who have lost a biological parent through death. 
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) &Trqgedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
— O'ahu
  • All Survivors being the spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friends grieving the loss of military personnel regardless of how they died.
  • Provides long-term support, resources and emotional connections to the military for the bereaved.
  • Call for information 
The Society of Military Widows - Aloha Chapter 
  • Widows of career military personnel. Must possess military I.D.
  • This active local chapter offers information, social activities and general support. 
Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii - V.A.S.H
O'ahu (Waikiki)
  • Visitor victims of crime, medical emergencies, accidents, or other adversities; must have a round-trip ticket.
  • Bereavement support and comfort in times of crisis, and referrals for ground transportation; referrals to mortuaries; assist with changes in hotel, car, and airline reservations; and more.
  • Free 
Hospice of Hilo 
  • Individual counseling, support groups, workshops and trainings offered throughout the year. 
  • Adult and Youth support groups
  • e-Newsletter
North Hawaii Hospice (Kamuela) 
  • Individual counseling, groups, consultations & trainings for groups such as schools or hospital departments, and written material are available. 
  • Free 
Hospice of Kona
  • Individual counseling for adults and children, support groups, workshops and educational evenings.
  • Ongoing Monthly Support groups
    • Those Who Have Lost a Child
    • Spouse Loss Group
  • Six Week Support groups
    • Grief Explorations Support Group
    • Creativity and Grief Support Group
  • Circle of Life Grief Support Group
  • Workshops: 
    • Grief and the Holidays Workshop
    • Annual Children's Grief Camp
  • Annual Memorial Service: Circle of Remembrance
  • No Charge for any services.  

Hospice of Maui (Wailuku)

  • H.E.A.L. (Help Ease a Loss) Bereavement Support Group meets weekly
  • Suicide Survivors Support Group is open to anyone aged 18 and over and will meet for six Mondays. 
Kauai Hospice (Lihue) 
  • Kauai Hospice provides supportive services to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Services include one on one support, peer support group meetings, bereavement buddies, information on grief and a children's grief program.
  • Journey Through Grief - a six week peer support group that bring individuals together.
  • Candle Lighting Memorial Service - held annually the first Monday in December.
  • Trees of Remembrance - Runs from the Friday following Thanksgiving through Christmas.
  • Free 
Life's Bridges Hawaii, Inc. (Lihue)
Gina Kaulukukui, 808-651-6637 
  • Life’s Bridges is dedicated to bridging the gap between grief and healing by providing one on one counseling, bereavement buddies, specialized support groups and community education about death, grief and suicide prevention. 
  • Financial assistance to students’ academic achievements is now provided.
  • BEST (Bridges Emergency Support Team) dispatch by the Kaua‘i Police Department, BEST will go directly to the scene of any sudden and unexpected death and provide immediate support to the surviving family members 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 
  • Follow-up community support is also available to work, faith and school communities that may be impacted by the death.
  • Good Grief Club - this club is designed for children K through 5th grade and is held at various elementary schools around the island and is done in partnership with the Circle of Lights. Dates and locations vary.
  • BRIDGES – a support group for any parent who has had a child die regardless of the child’s age.
  • Heal the Hurt – a support group for those who have had a loved one die by suicide. 
  •  Free 

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