, 650-367-6993
StarVista 24/7 Support Hotline:
(650) 579–0350
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and in the interest of public health, HAND SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD VIRTUALLY until further notice. During this time, HAND remains dedicated to supporting families who've experienced a loss in any way possible. You still have options for support!

1. We are offering peer support services via phone and email. If you wish to be connected with a HAND peer support volunteer, please complete a peer support request form.
2. All chapters are currently offering virtual support group meetings on regularly scheduled meeting days and times. For more information, please email

To discuss support options and for updates on support group meetings, please email and a HAND facilitator will contact you.


HAND originated in Marin County, California, in 1979, and HAND chapters in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties have been offering support to bereaved families and loved ones since 1981. HAND founded a San Francisco chapter in February 2009, and began to offer support groups and services there as HAND of San Francisco.

HAND of the Bay Area is based in San Mateo county, south of San Francisco. Our vision is to make our services available to parents and their loved ones who are grieving the loss of a child before, during or after birth. HAND of the Bay Area offers its own programs and collaborates on related programs with hospitals, universities and other organizations.