Bereavement Support

Grief Support Groups

Emotional support when you need it most

Cascade Hospice Bereavement provides guidance and support for caregivers and family members. We understand that grieving can accompany significant life changes, not just physical death. Families often grieve when they learn that a loved one’s prognosis is life limiting. And patients grieve the changes happening in their body and the lack of time they have left.

Grief is natural and a normal response to change and loss. Our bereavement program provides support and information so that family members and loved ones can cope with grief in healthy ways. Though one does not get over a loss, you can learn to live with it over time if you give it the attention it requires.

We provide our comprehensive grief support services for up to 13 months after the death of a hospice patient. There are no additional costs or charges for this support.

Bereavement Support Services

  • Individual and Family Counseling: Counseling is provided to those adjusting to death, loss and grief; information and referral to community grief counselors are also available.
  • Grief Education and Support Groups: Meet weekly for 10 weeks.¬† Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm or Wednesday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Bereavement Resources: Selected articles on grief and loss are mailed to bereaved family members and are also available¬†upon request.
  • Lending Library: Cascade Hospice has a small lending library of books and pamphlets focused on grief and loss. Books for talking to children about loss are also available.

Memorial Services:

  • Light up a Life is held in December to honor our loved ones as we light symbolic candles.
  • Butterfly Memorial is held in the summer to connect as a community and release butterflies in honor of our loved ones.
  • Presentations: Community presentations on grief and loss are also available.

Please contact Marial Smith, our Bereavement Coordinator, at (541) 228-3083 for more details.

Helpful websites

  • Hospice Foundation of America: A non-profit organization that promotes hospice care and works to educate professionals and the families they serve about caregiving, life limiting illness and bereavement and loss.
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling: Offers education on death, bereavement counseling, and care of the dying.
  • Hospice Net: A guide to the grief process that helps identify needs, provides information about grief and loss issues for children and teens, as well as other resources for those coping with loss of a loved one.

 

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For more information

Contact Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Marial Smith

541-228-3083

msmith@cascadehealth.org