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Fri, Jun 28


CASA Pitzer

Grief Circle | June 28th | Ontario, CA

Join Jen Venegas, trained death doula, in a free space to commune with others around grief and loss. Enjoy a free plant-based meal made by Norma Perez of The Salvi Vegan. To top it off, every attendee will receive a free gift from Willie's Vintage Monrovia.

Registration closes Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM PDT

Grief Circle | June 28th | Ontario, CA
Grief Circle | June 28th | Ontario, CA

Time & Location

Jun 28, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

CASA Pitzer, 200 S Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762, USA

About the event

Thank you for your interest in the Grief Circle at Casa Pitzer! This is a free opportunity for Inland Empire community members to connect with each other around grief. All types of grief are welcome to be shared - this Grief Circle is not limited to traditional concepts of "death." Moreover, this is not a workshop to learn about grief and loss, nor is it meant to do anything more than create a container for grief and loss to be expressed in community. Your facilitator will not be in an educational role, but rather in a death doula role, honoring all expressions of grief without judgement or the urge to "fix" any attendees. Holding grief, of any type, for any amount of time, is not necessarily a problem, nor will it be pathologized in this space.

Masks are required unless consuming food or drink. There will be masks and hand sanitizer available. Covid testing is encouraged on the day of the event.

What to Expect:

  • A small group of people sharing about grief and loss
  • Individual experiences being listened to and honored without judgement or advice given
  • Confidentiality around what is expressed within the grief circle
  • Collective creation of community agreements
  • A meal to enjoy as we sit and hold space for each other
  • A token of appreciation for your presence

About Your Facilitator:

Jen Venegas, founder of Abeja Rise and trained end-of-life doula, is honored to facilitate a monthly series of Grief Circles at CASA Pitzer in Ontario, CA. We will be creating a space together to honor and share grief and loss all while enjoying a meal together. Jen is a spiritual activist, horticulturalist and death doula. If you are interested in booking a call to discuss end of life services offered by Jen, please schedule your free call here. To learn more about Jen and their practice, please visit the "about" page here. You can follow Abeja Rise on Instagram and Substack.

About Your Chef: 

Free plant-based food will be provided by Norma Pérez, founder of The Salvi Vegan. Norma Pérez is an Afro-Salvadoran dancer turned into vegan business owner of authentic Salvadoran Plant-based cuisine called The Salvi Vegan. She competed in The Food Network's 1st vegan cooking competition show "It's CompliPlated" with host Tabitha Brown. She also competed in Food Empowerment Project's Chopped with a Vegan Twist where she won crowd favorite. With now having more than 65+ Salvadoran dishes veganized, she creates video food content, cooking classes and plans on publishing a Salvadoran vegan cookbook. She aims to uplift her communities through food, celebrating history by bringing traditional dishes to the forefront and bringing the awareness of her Afrodescendant roots and how it's been very present in her culture - especially through food. "I'm bringing veganism, my culture and my roots together."

Free Gift Upon Arrival:

Each attendee will receive a special gift from Willie's Vintage Monrovia to help you along on your grief journey. The next time you are in the San Gabriel Valley, please be sure to stop by Willie's Vintage! The storefront is located at 941 1/2 Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016. Follow them on Instagram, Yelp, and Google

Parking & Transportation:

  • Accessible parking spaces located in the parking lot behind the CASA Pitzer building off of Transit St.
  • All other parking is available on the street or in the lot across the street on Transit St.
  • The Eastbound Omnitrans 61 Line will drop you off within 0.2 miles of CASA Pitzer on Holt & Palm


  • The front entrance to CASA Pitzer is level with the sidewalk and wheelchair accessible
  • The back entrance to CASA Pitzer is closest to the accessible parking spaces
  • Gender neutral bathroom access is up a ramp with handrails at the back of CASA Pitzer
  • Seating for the event is on upholstered chairs without arms
  • Accessible parking spaces located in the parking lot behind CASA Pitzer
  • ASL Interpretation available upon request within 7 working days or by June 19, 2024
  • Childcare available upon request within 7 working days or by June 19, 2024

For any additional access needs, any questions, or concerns, please email

Important Notes:

If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you! See you there! 💫

Registration closes Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM PDT

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