Grief Support Group

Location: Ventura Center for Spiritual Living

Open and ongoing group
Meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month in the Herron House (133 S. Laurel Street - next door to the church)
Facilitated by Rev. Judy Pando and Dot Scovil

Ventura Center for Spiritual Living offers a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through life's difficult experiences.

Each of us experiences the grief of loss and change. We don't have to go through the grieving process alone. VCSL's support group is led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You'll gain access to valuable resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.


Rev. Judy Pando

Staff Minister
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Judy Pando has been a Religious Science Practitioner since 1996. Her primary focus is in the area of pastoral care. She is co-leader of the Circle of Blessings whose members are devoted to seeing the divine in everyone and in all circumstances. Knowing that life is perfect, but not always easy, it is Judy's great honor and privilege to offer spiritual and practical support to those members of our community in need and those who care for them.

Judy's ministry is about spiritual maturity. It is about transformation, awakening and allowing. It is about seeing as God sees, loving as God loves. It's about connecting, heart to heart, mind to mind, and soul to soul; holding one hand at a time.

Judy is a native of California, and enjoys nature and spending time with friends and her very large family. She is available for sessions by phone or in person.

Contact Rev. Judy at or call (805) 647-4511.

Dorothy (Dot) Scovil

Class facilitator
Photo of Dorothy (Dot) Scovil

To the co-facilitation of the VCSL Grief Group, Dot brings 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor. She founded and directed the first center for outpatient therapy at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Wall Street area of New York City from 1973 to 1987. She then returned to her native Ventura County where she established a successful private practice until her retirement in 2008.

Several painful losses of loved ones has led Dot to offer her empathic heart to others experiencing and needing to express their grief. Dot may be reached at (805) 302-9818 or

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