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What is Hope Bereavement Center?

At Hope Bereavement Center, our goal is to not only support you in the grief process, but to help you be enriched by it. As odd as it may sound, grief has that capacity to transform us in very positive ways. To fulfill this outcome we provide individual counseling, support group counseling, and two annual healing events.

Individual counseling provides one-on-one counseling by a trained Bereavement Counselor. These counselors are either working towards or hold a master’s level credential in either Marriage Family Therapy, Social Work, or a Masters of Divinity. We use a myriad of interventions ranging from Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (specialized), Expressive Arts Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, to name a few.

Our support groups are facilitated by a Bereavement Counselor and provide a safe environment to share your experience and to support, and be supported by others. We host and/or co-sponsor groups at our facility in Carlsbad, or at other facilities such as churches and retirement communities. See our list of current groups by clicking the link.

What is grief, mourning, & bereavement?

Grief is a natural, normal response to loss. It is a highly personal response based on one’s own unique perceptions of the loss. It affects us physiologically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. It is involved in change of all kinds in addition to death, and it is the process that allows us to let go of that which was, and be ready for that which is to come.

Mourning is Grief expressed to the long-term adaptation to loss. It is more than grief; it includes the reorienting in relation to the deceased, the self, and the external world. The work that brings a re-investment in life.

Bereavement is the state of having suffered a loss. The words “bereave” and “rob” derive from the same root word, which implies an unwilling deprivation by force.

What Does Grief Counseling Look Like?

Grief is a natural process, and it is natural to let it take its course and go it alone, but it is unnecessary. Grief counseling can support you in the process of grief, so that you can grieve in a safe environment with someone who understands your experience and has the experience to walk with you through this difficult time.

The intensity of grief has the ability to emotionally “crack you open like a walnut” leaving you vulnerable and confused. You may be concerned at what is happening to you, and more concerned at what to do about it. In counseling, you will be provided a safe and confidential environment, where you are respected and encouraged to explore the entire range of thoughts and emotions brought forth by grief.

Through this unique relationship, you will learn how to be with these difficult thoughts and feelings, and make sense of them in your own way. Ultimately the counselor will support you in adjusting to the changes in your life, and assist you in navigating in discovering who you are, what you want to be, and the path you want to take to get there.

How Do Grief Groups Work?

We have provided several types of groups to support our community. These groups are designed to provide support through the leadership of a trained facilitator and other group members. Group members learn about the process of grief, and are encouraged to share their loss, and reflect on their experience as they listen to others. The group process is a way to give time to your grief in such a way that you feel safe in the presence of others that are sharing a similar experience, though each in their own way. It gives rise to the uniqueness of your experience and the experience of others. In this way you feel supported as you navigate this difficult journey.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. (See also: EMDR FAQs)


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