Diane M. Hart, MSW, LSWAIC                                                   Wendy Hubenthal, M.S., M.Ed., C.T.
Bereavement Coordinator                                                          Bereavement Counselor

 “The journey through grief and loss has no map and sometimes it can be hard to tell where you are.”

The journey can be exhausting, and you may need to stop often to rest. Sometimes the road is smooth, sometimes it is bumpy, and sometimes you may hit a pothole. You may get stuck somewhere that you don’t really want to be. Then, hopefully, help comes along, and you are back on the road again. The Hospice of the Northwest Bereavement Team can be part of the helpful hands and hearts that support you through the ups and downs.


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To speak to someone about grief or services offered, contact us at (360) 814-5550

Educational Presentations and Staff Support

Just as we care for patients and their loved ones, we also care for the staff who help provide support. Whether you are working in a facility, work as an in-home caregiver or our part of our community, we are here for you.

We are available to facilities, schools and community organizations following a death. We will tailor the support to the needs of your group.

Bereavement Services

Bereavement Counselors are available to anyone in our community coping with grief.

Our bereavement counselors can address your questions and concerns, suggest resources and provide information about bereavement, by phone or in person. Short-term counseling for both adults and children is available to individuals whose loved ones were Hospice of the Northwest patients and members of the community.

Office Hours for private counseling sessions:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
*Please call to make an appointment

Helpful Handouts

Hospice Resource Center

Our hospice resource center is a free lending library with books and other materials for adults, teens, and children. Topics include caring for family members during illness, coping with specific diseases, end of life concerns, grief and loss, and inspiration for challenging times.

Support Groups

Grief Recovery Method™



Grief is a normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of, or change in, a familiar pattern of behavior. Grief is the feelings of reaching out for someone who has always been there, only to find when you need them again, they are no longer there.

The Grief Recovery Method™ is an 8 week program that builds on each previous session. Attendance and commitment are essential. There is no fee to participate in the program, it is 100% funded by the donors of Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. Call for more information and for pre-registration:

2018 dates are listed below.

The Grief Recovery Method – Support Groups*

(*Registration is required for the following groups.)

Mount Vernon location:

Hospice of the Northwest – 227 Freeway Drive, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Thursday Groups

  •  January 11th through March 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
  •  July 19th through September 13th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Wednesday Group

  • May 16th through July 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

NEW!! Anacortes location:

To be determined- please call for updated information.

Thursday Group

  • March 15th through May 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Drop in Group* (no registration required)

Starts Tuesday January 16th and meets every Tuesday through out the rest of the year.

Where: Hospice of the Northwest – 227 Freeway Drive, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

When: Every Tuesday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

*This group is open to ANYONE in the community who has experienced a loss. You do not have to have an association with hospice care. It can be any loss you have experienced.