Bereavement Support in Hospice Care
Hospice care extends beyond caring for patients through their end-of-life journey. Families and circles of support experience grief and loss during this process. Your dedicated hospice care team includes bereavement support for 13 months after your loved one has passed.
The path through grief and loss is a personal one and there is no defined road map. We offer a variety of options and resources for any community member experiencing loss, whether their loved one was a Hospice of the Northwest patient or not.
Grief and loss supports include:
- One-on-One Counseling
- Grief and Loss Support Groups
- Community Resources in our Lending Library
We recognize that one-on-one support and support groups are not always the preferred approach. Our office holds the largest grief library in the area. This is a community resource managed by volunteers, for you to use whether you are a family member of a patient or not.
You deserve bereavement support on your terms, and we want to be a resource for you.
What bereavement support includes
Just as each patient has an individualized care plan, you will get bereavement support in the way that you need it, which can include:
- Coming up with healthy coping strategies and mechanisms
- Helping you navigate and adjust to new life circumstances
- Providing support in decision-making
- Being a place of comfort and helpful resources
We care for people from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds and are innovating and learning every day to provide the best care to all who need our support and guidance.
We support you on this journey
The end of life is filled with a variety of emotions. Whatever emotions you are feeling day-to-day or hour-to-hour, these are common reactions to losing a loved one. At Hospice of the Northwest, our goal is to normalize these feelings and to help you manage your health and wellness while giving you room to breathe and process.
If you’re not feeling anything, that’s okay too. We are here to lend an ear and offer support to help you grieve, move forward with grace, and honor your loved one’s memory.
Grief doesn’t go away overnight, and we are here to help. Bereavement services are available to anyone in the community in need of support.
If you have any questions or need support with a recent loss, call us at (360) 814–5550 or fill out the email form to the right.
“Your individual journey is unique to you. You are not broken and do not need to be fixed. You need to be listened to and heard.”
Diane Hart, Bereavement Coordinator
Meet Our Bereavement Team
Diane Mills Hart, MSW, LICSW, CT
Lisa Yeager, MSW, LICSW, CPTR
Grief and Loss | Finding Solace
Thursdays | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Finding Solace is a grief group focused on providing concrete help and valuable suggestions for people new to grief. The five-week sessions are held on a rolling basis throughout the year and are led by one of our skilled grief...
Open Grief Group | Friday
Held weekly on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Open grief groups are open to anyone in the community who experienced loss. Participants do not need to have an association with hospice care to participate. To learn more about open grief groups call Diane Hart at...
Open Grief Group | Tuesday
Held weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open grief groups are open to anyone in the community who experienced loss. Participants do not need to have an association with hospice care to participate. To learn more about open grief groups call Diane Hart at...