Hospice of Jefferson Healthcare offers grief support services free of charge to anyone in East Jefferson County who has experienced the death of a loved one. These bereavement programs are supported by the generosity of the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  For further information about any of these services, call the main hospice line at 360-385-0610.
These services include:

Grief Support Workshops and Drop-in Groups

A facilitated Drop-In Grief Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 3:00-4:30 pm (starting promptly at 3:00 pm).  No registration is required.  Participants receive support and are invited to share feelings and experiences in a confidential peer-group setting.  Each session also includes grief education focused on a theme, such as common grief reactions, coping with stress, or grief within families.  The group meets in the Jefferson Healthcare Home Health and Hospice conference room, 3rd floor, 2500 W. Sims Way (Sims Way and Howard Street, off the roundabout) in Port Townsend. 

Following are the dates the group meets during 2015:

          January 14 and 28                               May 13 and 27                        September 9 and 23

            February 11 and 25                             June 10 and 24                        October 14 and 28

            March 11 and 25                                 July 8 and 22                            November 11 and 25

            April 8 and 22                                     August 12 and 26                     December 9 and 23

Drop in Grief Support Group Flyer  

6-Week Grief Support Workshop - Grieving a Death

Grieving a Death Workshop is open and free of charge to anyone in Jefferson County who has experienced the death of a loved one.  The workshop begins May 19, and meets from 1:00 to 3:30 pm on six consecutive Tuesdays through June 23.  Each session builds on the one before with a focus on grief education, coping skills, journaling, art and ritual as tools of healing and group sharing.  It is designed for those wanting to do concentrated work on understanding and coping with their grief in a safe and confidential small group setting. 

The autumn workshop will begin on Tuesday, September 29 through November 3 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  Registration is required by September 22.

Workshop participants must pre-register and commit to attending all six sessions.  Attendance is limited to eight (8) people.  Registration deadline is May 12, 2015.  The workshop meetings are held in the Hospice conference room located on the third floor at 2500 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend.
  Call (360) 385-0610 to register. 

6 Week Grief Support Workshops Flyer

Giving Expression to Death-Related Grief:  Collage Making as a Healing Tool Workshop

This day long expressive arts workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Co-Lab Conference Room, 237 Taylor Street in Port Townsend. 

It will be taught by Soul Collage facilitator and grief group facilitator Carolyn Cristina Manzoni, who is also a hospice/bereavement volunteer for Hospice of Jefferson Healthcare.  According to Manzoni, "Death related grief often leaves us in a place that is difficult to express in words.  Collage making can be a creative tool for accessing some of those hidden places and discovering insights into your healing journey."  She emphasizes that participants do not need to have any artistic talent or prior experience. 

Participant must pre-register by June 1, 2015 and pay a $10 non-refundable workshop supply fee.  Attendance is limited to ten (10) participants.  

Collage Making Workshop flyer

To register for these workshops, call the Hospice Office at 360-385-0610 during regular business hours. 

Short-Term Individual Grief Support Sessions and Grief Assessments

A trained Hospice adviser is available for up to three one-hour private sessions for those who may feel they are not ready yet to share their grief experience in a group setting, or who want to find out more about participating in a group. These sessions are offered free of charge to anyone grieving a death. Appointments can be made in advance by contacting the hospice office at 360-385-0610.

Annual Community Memorial Service

Every autumn, Hospice of Jefferson Healthcare invites community members who have lost a loved one in the past year to a free, non-denominational service of remembrance. The service is held in the fall before the holiday season, because the winter holidays are often difficult and lonely especially during the first year after a death. The service includes music, candle lighting, responsive readings, reflections, sharing, and the opportunity to add a photo or memento to the hospice memorial quilt.