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Grief Services

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

During COVID-19 our grief services department will continue to offer support to the community with secure video chat via Zoom. This secure video chat is HIPAA compliant and therefore protects privacy as we continue to provide services to those who are grieving. To schedule, a secure video appointment with one of our counselors, call (360) 814-5570.

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 of this process.

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Click on the button above for more information.

Diane M. Hart, MSW, LSWAIC
Bereavement Coordinator

Lisa Yeager, MSW, LICSW, CPTR
Bereavement Counselor


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 during this last journey in life. Whether you are working in a facility, as an in-home caregiver, or you are part of our community, we are here for you.

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

Call our office at (360) 814-5550 to learn more. You may also contact the Outreach and Education Team directly to request an educational presentation.

Dana Brothers- dbrothers@hospicenw.org or Kaaren Flint- kflint@hospicenw.org 


Grief and Loss Services

During COVID-19 our grief services department will continue to offer support to the community with secure video chat via Zoom. This secure video chat is HIPAA compliant and therefore protects privacy as we continue to provide services to those who are grieving. To schedule, a secure video appointment with one of our counselors, call (360) 814-5570. 

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

Our counselors can address your questions and concerns, suggest resources, and provide information about grief and loss 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 or members of the community in the four counties we serve: Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish.

Office Hours for private counseling sessions:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
*Please call (360) 814-5550 OR (360) 814-5570 to make an appointment

Helpful Handouts

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

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Hospice of the Northwest Library and Resource Center

Our hospice resource center is a 100% donor-funded 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.

Hospice of the Northwest is now offering individual support for those who have experienced the loss of a pet. If you are interested in learning more about one-on-one counseling or any of our other grief services, please call for details. (360) 814-5550


Support Groups

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 Grief is a normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. It is the conflicting feeling caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior. Grief is the feeling 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, and it is 100% funded by the donors of Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. Please call for more information and for pre-registration:
(360) 814-5570

The 2020 dates are listed below. (Registration Open)

  • Thursdays, September 24th – November 12th – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Grief Group* – (Secure Video Chat via Zoom)

It starts Tuesday, January 8th, and meets every Tuesday throughout the rest of the year.

Where: This group is currently meeting through Secure Video Chat via Zoom.

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

How: Please call (360) 814-5570 for information on how to join this group. 

*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.

Finding Solace – (Secure Video Chat via Zoom)

Finding Solace is a new grief group focused on providing concrete help and valuable suggestions for those new to grief. It will gather over a course of 5-weeks and be led by one of our skilled grief counselors. We currently have 2 sessions scheduled and space is limited. To join the group or get more information call (360) 814-5550.

The first group starts Thursday, May 14th, and meets every Thursday for 5 weeks, ending on June 11th.

The second group starts Thursday, July 2nd, and meets every Thursday for 5 weeks, ending on July 30th.

"Without Hospice of the Northwest grief services I would have been like a ship at sea without a compass." - K.M.
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