Grief Support

WVH offers free bereavement support groups and workshops to anyone in our community who has faced the death of a loved one – whether or not they used WVH Hospice or Supportive Care 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 Grief Care team at 503.588.3600 or 800.555.2431.

Support Groups for Adults, Families, & Children

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 November 2023 - July 2024.

For Adults ages 18+

Six-week grief support groups are offered throughout the year for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Gain support from others experiencing grief and loss as you increase your understanding of the grief process. There is no charge, but registration is required.

In-Person Group

When: Tuesdays
Feb 27 - April 2, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Where: 
Willamette Vital Health

Pre-register by clicking here or call 503.588.3600 for more information.

In-Person Group

When: Tuesdays
June 4 - July 9, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: 
Willamette Vital Health

Call 503.588.3600 to register or for more information.

In-Person Group

When: Fall 2024 TBD

Where: Willamette Vital Health


For Families with Children

Seven-week grief support groups for adults with children ages 6-17 are offered at our office location in West Salem. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be eligible to attend. Participants are placed in groups according to age: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17, and 18+. This allows us to provide age-appropriate activities for each group. Trained staff and volunteers facilitate each group, providing both children and adults with a safe space to express their personal journeys and emotions. Activities include art (kids), discussion (adults), and music therapy (all ages). There is no charge, but registration is required. You can start the pre-registration process by clicking the link in the box below or by calling 503.588.3600.

In-Person Group

When: Tuesdays
January 9 - February 20, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Willamette Vital Health

Pre-register by clicking here or call 503.588.3600 for more information.

In-Person Group

When: Tuesdays
April 2 - May 14, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Willamette Vital Health

Pre-register by clicking here or call 503.588.3600 for more information.

Drop-In Groups for Adults

Weekly in-person drop-in groups are available to any adult seeking support after the death of a loved one. There is no commitment to attend. Trained facilitators lead the groups, which are held at Willamette Vital Health in West Salem. Explore the grieving process in a safe, supportive environment. These meetings offer a chance to meet with others to find support and understanding for the challenges of life after a death. No registration necessary.

Drop-in Group: Creatively Expressing Grief

When:
2nd Wednesday of the Month,
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Explore your grief through creative activities.

Where: Willamette Vital Health

Drop-in Grief Discussion Groups

When:
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Willamette Vital Health

Camp Mighty Oaks for Children & Families

Each summer Camp Mighty Oaks provides an experience that supports children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. Camp Mighty Oaks will next be held on Saturday, July 20, 2024.  Call 503.588.3600 for more information.

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

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

Camp is open to families with children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Kids must be 6 years or older and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to participate. Cost for camp is $20.00. Scholarships are available.

For more information on Camp Mighty Oaks, call 503.588.3600

Every year, generous quilters ensure that every person that attends Camp Mighty Oaks returns home with a brand new quilt, lovingly made by volunteer quilters. If you would like to donate a quilt, click here for more information.

Memorial Events 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 Vital Health and provide an place for healing and to safely mourn your loved ones.

Coping with the Holidays Workshop: November 2024
Adults and children 6+ are invited to join in this workshop to connect with others navigating the holidays during grief. We will honor loved ones through a memorial craft for you to take home. Please call 503.588.3600 to register.

Winter Remembrance Concert: December 2024
Join us for this free, family-friendly holiday concert, including music from numerous winter holiday traditions and time to honor loved ones who have died. No registration necessary.

View our calendar for a complete list of upcoming events.

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. Staff and residents are welcome to attend any of our grief support groups and community events. We offer individualized, on-site educational presentations and grief support for residents and staff of communities located in our service area.
Subjects covered can include:

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