GRIEF SUPPORT SERVICES
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, or the direct bereavement support line, 360-385-2200 ext 4684.
These services include:
Grief Support Workshops and Drop-in Groups
A facilitated Drop-In Grief Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd 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.
Drop in Grief Support Group
6-Week Grief Support Workshops
Designed for those who wish to do concentrated work on understanding and coping with their grief in a safe and confidential group setting. Participants meet for 2.5 hours for six consecutive weeks, and are asked to make a commitment to attend all 6 sessions. Each facilitated session builds on the one before, with a focus on grief education, coping skills, journaling, expressive arts and ritual, and group sharing.
Dates, times and registration deadlines for 6 week workshop
Specialty Grief Support Programs
One-day themed workshops are planned periodically throughout 2014, including grief support for specific needs and populations and using writing, expressive arts, and other techniques for coping with grief.
More info and current offerings
Short-Term Individual Grief Counseling and Grief Assessments
A trained Hospice counselor 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 or leaving a message at 360-385-2200 ext 4684.
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.