NEWS | August 30, 2018

Grief support group for young adults will begin Sept. 19


The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting Sept. 19.

The group is designed for any young adult, age 17 to 24, who is coping with a recent death of someone close. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings, from Sept. 19 to Nov. 7.

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Each session will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Home Care Services Building, 3630 Business Drive, Suite F, Sacramento.

Among the topics to be covered during the eight sessions are:

  • Acknowledging and understanding grief
  • Expressing and accepting feelings
  • Changing of roles
  • Coping and stress
  • Developing supportive relationships

Although grief support groups exist for children and adults, the Bereavement Program has identified a pressing need for grief support for young adults 17-24 years old. 

There is no cost for this service. Groups are offered in the spring and fall. The facilitators are Don Lewis, bereavement and volunteer coordinator for the UC Davis Hospice Program, and Katie Lorain, art therapist for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

The size of the group is limited. Those interested in participating should register by Sept. 17. Call Don Lewis at 916-734-1139 or by email to Don Lewis may be contacted any time during the year by those who have questions or an interest in attending a future group.

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The group is made possible by a continuing grant from the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as a level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit