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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.

Bereaved Parent Playgroups

HAND Bereaved Parent Playgroups are for mixed ages, meaning moms and dads may bring their infants, toddlers and older children. Playgroups typically meet for 2 hours, once or twice per month at neighborhood parks, cafes, or member homes. An email will be sent out by the playgroup coordinator regarding location and meeting times. RSVP’s are greatly appreciated. We ask that you try to arrive on time, as we like to do introductions, but you may leave early or stay later. If we meet at a privately run play space, parents may be asked to pay a small use fee. Parents within playgroups are encouraged to set up additional play dates, such as during the week for specific ages, if so desired.

HAND Bereaved Parent Playgroups are run by our playgroup coordinators, and we are always looking for additional volunteers. For more information about becoming a playgroup coordinator, please contact Aline Copp.

North Bay Playgroup

For more information, contact Aline Copp.

San Francisco Playgroup

For more information, contact Aline Copp.

Peninsula / South Bay Playgroup

For more information, contact Aline Copp.

Santa Cruz Playgroup

Dates: 2nd Saturday of every month
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Location: Varies (join group for details)

For more information or to join the group, contact the playgroup coordinators Lindsey and Adam.