The Stephan Center is a service organization dedicated to those journeying through life losses. It provides education and resources to professionals and laypersons as support and understanding is given to those seeking peace and acceptance in their lives.

We all experience a variety of life losses which include separation from important people, places, items or events unique in our life. Our website is designed to help you with loss.

If you need help right now dial 2-1-1 from any cell or land-line phone for immediate Health and Human Service assistance in the county in which you call. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with ‘live’ Resource Specialists to assist you.


Special Facebook/website message: San Bernardino tragedy

Upcoming Classes

FREE Spring classes for Parents, Foster Parents and Professionals

Topic: When Mommy or Daddy Go to Prison
Tuesday January 26th, 2016
RUSD Family Resource Center
3300 14th St Riverside Ca

Topic: Understanding Attachment and Bonding
Wednesday February 10th, 2016
Norco Library
3954 Old Hamner Rd
Norco, CA

Topic: Fathers Speaking Out: Teaching Values to Children   (In Spanish)
Friday February 19th, 2016
Rubidoux Family Resource  Center
5473 Mission Blvd
Riverside, CA

Topic: Fathers Speaking Out: Importance of Playing with Children (In Spanish)
Friday February 26th, 2016
Rubidoux Family Resource  Center
5473 Mission Blvd
Riverside, CA
To register call; 951-310-4944
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To register call; 951-310-4944

Thinking About Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent?
FREE New Pre-service classes starting:
Thursdays March 3-April 28th, 2016
Riverside City College
To Register call; 951-222-8198

Are you Widowed or Supporting Widows/Widowers?
2nd Annual Widow/Widower Conference coming Saturday April 23rd, 2016
Mark Your Calendar!!

A message from the Director:

Welcome to our new and improved website.  You may now access the website from all devices. We want to draw your attention to some new features and events:

  • New Feature article: Footprints oin our Hearts: When Your Child Dies


Children are not suppose to die before their parents. It does not fit in with our sense of life order. Children should out live us. They should be our legacy, carryon our family values and traditions, tell family stories, share memories of us with our grandchildren…<continue reading>

  • New Classes: Classes for prospective, continuing Foster/Adoptive parents and Grandparents. To find more classes go to What’s New.


– Victoria Stephan

December 28th
As the year comes to a close take time to review all the special moments that occurred which surprised you. This will allow you to put events in perspective and help you appreciate the wonder of people, relationships and events in your life.

January, 2016
Theme; The After Holiday  “Let down”

January 4th:
It is easy to feel an emotional “let down” after the holidays. This is a good time to plan communicating with family and friends you didn’t see during the holidays. You can do this through visits or calls. Re-connecting will not only fill the hours but will fill your heart with
positive feelings and new memories.  We create our future from our past.

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If you’d like some direction on where to go on this site or what to do, <click here>.


Sharing Life Losses Together