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Grief Response Program

Grief Response Team

If you or someone you know has suddenly lost a loved one, we are here to help.  Our Grief Response Team helps anyone who has experienced a sudden death, whether to natural causes or suicide.  Trained staff and volunteers can go to your home and provide guidance on practical logistics following a death, as well as emotional support during a difficult time.

For more information, please contact Rob Beal at 415-288-7106

Grief Response Program

The Grief Response Program (the GRP) is a program newly governed by San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP).  The Program offers practical and emotional support to survivors impacted by suicides, fatal accidents, unexpected natural deaths, and other unforeseen tragedies by trained volunteers (the Grief Response Team). Assistance is provided at the time of the incident, as well as short-term follow-up care in-person or on the phone, when requested, following a tragedy.  

Such support can often help survivors, especially those without significant emotional connections in the Bay Area, feel grounded, access resources, and reduce their susceptibility to short-term mental health and substance abuse problems while they begin the journey of healing.  The Grief Response Team is activated through the San Francisco Fire Department, and in agreement with the San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco Coroners’ Office, and the San Francisco Medical Examiners.

The Grief Response Team complies with all applicable laws and City of San Francisco’s policies and procedures, including the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Our program is operated consistent with certification standards set by United States Crisis Care and the American Association of Suicidology.