Those dealing with loss can seek comfort and hope through bereavement classes and support groups offered by two Orange County religious organizations.
Irvine Presbyterian Church is offering a bereavement class called "Overcoming Your Loss" for those who have lost loved ones, careers or financial security. Connie Regener, a certified bereavement facilitator and seminary graduate, will lead the sessions, which aim to find healing through God's word and the care, support and prayers of a Christian community.
The seven-week class will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays, beginning June 14, at the church, 4445 Alton Parkway, adjacent to Woodbridge High School. Cost is $35 and scholarships are available. For information or to register, call the church office at (949) 786-9627.
The Jewish Family Service of Orange County is also offering ongoing bereavement support groups for adults at all stages of loss. Group members share experiences, hear how others deal with grief, receive support and learn ways to cope with sadness and loss.
The following times and locations are available: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Beth Jacob in Irvine, 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Temple Judea in Laguna Hills and 1 p.m. Thursdays at Ezra Center in Anaheim. The groups are free, but preregistration is required. Information: (714) 445-4950.