Grief Support and Services

Willamette Valley Hospice offers experienced bereavement support to anyone in our community who has faced the recent death of a loved one – whether or not they used our hospice services.

We understand the challenges and struggles involved in making the journey through grief. No one should have to face the journey alone.

If you or someone you know is grieving the death of a loved one, please contact our bereavement services team at 503.588.3600 or 800.555.2431.

Individual Grief Counseling for Adults and Children

We offer individual and family grief counseling to those who have experienced the recent death of a loved one. Bereavement counselors are available to discuss your situation with you and offer resources, support or referral information.

Individual counseling sessions are available at no cost on a brief/short-term basis.

Contact bereavement services for more information.

Support Groups & Workshops for Adults, Children, and Families

Professional bereavement counselors provide a comfortable place to learn about grief and feel the support of others in similar circumstances. Click here for a printable schedule of all support groups offered September 2016 – January 2017.

For Adults ages 18+
Six-week grief support groups are offered throughout the year. Participants gain support from others experiencing grief and loss as they gain an understanding of the grief process. There is no charge, but please preregister.

Wednesdays, September 28 – November 2, 2016
1:30-3:00 pm
at Silverton Senior Center
Call 503.588.3600 to register.

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 14, 2016
1:30-3:00 pm
at Willamette Valley Hospice offices
Call 503.588.3600 to register and for more information.

Drop-In Groups
Drop-in support groups are available to anyone seeking support after the death of a loved one in the last two years. There is no commitment to attend a specific number of sessions or specific sessions. Trained facilitators lead groups. All groups are held at Willamette Valley Hospice in West Salem.

Creatively Expressing Grief
2nd Thursday of every month
1:00-2:15 pm

Suicide Loss Grief Support Group
2nd Thursday of every month
6:00-7:30 pm

Grief Discussion Group
4th Thursday of every month
12:15-1:30 pm

For Adults & Families with Children
Seven-week grief support groups for adults and children ages 5-17 are offered at our office location throughout the year. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be eligible to attend. There is no charge, but please pre-register.

Tuesdays, September 20-November 1, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm
at Willamette Valley Hospice offices
Call 503.588.3600 to register and for more information.

Camp Mighty Oaks for Children and Families

Each summer Camp Mighty Oaks provides an experience that supports children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one.

With a theme of “connecting, remembering, healing” campers enjoy fun-filled activities:

  • Remembering loved ones
  • Making new friends
  • Laughing and having fun
  • Learning about feelings
  • Art, music, and other fun activities

Camp is open to families with children who have experienced the death of a loved one during the previous two years. Kids must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to participate.

The next Camp Mighty Oaks will be held in the summer of 2017.

Please call 503.588.3600 for more information about Camp Mighty Oaks. You can also print a brochure.

Memorial Services and Holiday Workshops

Opportunities to honor and memorialize a loved one are available through our community memorial services and holiday grief workshops that address coping with loss. Events are typically located at Willamette Valley Hospice.

View our calendar for a complete list of upcoming events.

Workshop: Coping With Grief at the Holidays
November 12, 2016
9:00 am – noon
For adults and children ages 5+
Held at Willamette Valley Hospice offices.
Call to RSVP if bringing children.

Light Up a Life Memorial Gathering
December 1, 2016
4:30-5:30 pm or 6:30-7:30
at the Willamette Valley Hospice offices.
All are welcome to remember & honor their loved ones a this community event. No registration is necessary.


Grief in the Workplace

For many people, the work environment feels like a second home, an extended family. When a coworker is grieving the death of a loved one, has a life-threatening illness or has died, workplace dynamics and productivity often are affected.

We offer an individualized, on-site educational seminar and grief support for managers and/or employees that includes:

  • What to expect and what to do to support your employees and workplace
  • Grieving process dynamics
  • How and when to communicate
  • Danger signals of an employee in crisis, and potential financial impact
  • Grief support resources and more

Memorial services and focused activities designed to facilitate remembering and healing also are offered.

School Support

Six-week grief support groups are facilitated by our staff in local schools. If you are a school counselor interested in having a grief group at your school place, please contact us with your request. Parents who are interested in a group at their child’s school should contact their child’s school counselor.