Grief Support and Services

Grief Support and Services

WVH offers free bereavement support groups and workshops to anyone in our community who has faced the recent death of a loved one – whether or not they used WVH hospice or palliative care services. Families that utilized WVH hospice care for their loved one also have the option of short-term counseling with our bereavement counselors.

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 January-June 2022.

    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. 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. Groups will be offered online only if not possible in person due to Covid-19. Proof of COVID vaccination, use of mask, and social distancing required.

    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.

  • 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 a specific number of sessions or specific sessions. Trained facilitators lead groups. All groups are held at Willamette Valley Hospice in West Salem.

    Proof of COVID Vaccination, use of mask and social distancing required. 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. Groups will be limited to 8 participants plus facilitators due to space concerns. First 8 to arrive will participate.

  • 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.

    For more information on Camp Mighty Oaks, click here or 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 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.

  • 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.