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.

Support Groups 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 July – December 2017.

For Adults ages 18+
Six-week grief support groups are offered throughout the year for those who have lost a loved one in the previous two years. 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, October 11 – November 15, 2017
1:30-3:00 pm
at Silverton Senior Center
Call 503.588.3600 to register and for more information.

Wednesdays, November 8 – December 13, 2017
1:30-3:00 pm
at Willamette Valley Hospice offices
Call 503.588.3600 to register and for more information.

For Adults & Families with Children
Seven-week grief support groups for adults and children ages 6-17 are offered at our office location throughout the year for those who have lost a loved one in the previous two years. 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 12 – October 24, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm
at Willamette Valley Hospice offices
Call 503.588.3600 to register and for more information.

A new group will start in January 2018.

Drop-In Groups for Adults

Drop-in support groups are available to anyone seeking support after the death of a loved one. 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

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

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.

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 6 years or older and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to participate.

The next Camp Mighty Oaks will be held the summer of 2018.

Please call 503.588.3600 for more information about Camp Mighty Oaks.

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 and provide an place for healing and to safely mourn your loved ones.

View our calendar for a complete list of upcoming events.
Coping With the Holidays Workshop
November 11, 2017
9:00 am – noon
*Registration only necessary if children will be attending to ensure adequate staffing and children’s materials

Light Up a Life Community Memorial Gathering
December 7, 2017
4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30 pm
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 Residential Care Settings

For many people who live and work in a care facility or group home, residents and staff are like an extended family. We offer individualized, on-site educational presentations and grief support for residents and staff of facilities located in our service area. Subjects covered can include:

  • Supporting staff & residents during times of loss
  • Grieving process dynamics
  • Grief support resources
  • Memorial services and focused activities designed to facilitate remembering and healing also are available

School Support

A complimentary six-week grief support group curriculum is available to school counselors desiring to facilitate a support group in their school. If you are a school counselor interested in learning more about our curriculum or facilitating a support group in your school, please contact us for more information.