Diane Mills Hart, MSW, LSWAIC, Bereavement Coordinator

“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.


For more information about our services or to speak to someone about grief, contact us at (360) 814-5550

Educational Presentations and Staff Support

— are available for schools and community organizations following a death, tailored 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

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.

Helpful Handouts

Tasks of Grief

How to Help Someone Who’s Grieving

How Grief May Manifest

Coping with Guilt After a Death

Coping with Holidays

Coping with the Emotions of Grief

Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief

Developmental Stages of Children and Grief

For books on loss for children and teens we suggest the link below:

Not if, but when

Support Groups

Grief Recovery Method™

GriefRecovery-smallGrief 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:

Grief Recovery Method Support Groups 2017 (registration required):
Autumn Group: August 29th, and runs every Tuesday though October 24th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Drop in Groups 2017 Sessions (open to anyone in the community who has experienced grief): 3:00-5:00  Thur. Sept. 14th & 28th, Oct. 12th & 26th

Surviving the Holidays Support Groups (2017) Thursdays, Nov. 16th, Dec. 7th and 21st 3:00 – 4:30 Open Group (no registration)