Grief Support Groups

(Our support group activities are currently held online)

Grieving the loss of someone we love is one of the most profound experiences of life.  Grief affects the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of our lives.  Whatcom Hospice is committed to providing bereavement services to support you and your family through the dimensions of grief.  For current bereavement services programs, please view our course selection on Whatcom Hospice Foundation. 

For more information about these programs, please contact Michelle Walsh, Bereavement Coordinator, at 360-733-5877 or mwalsh3@peacehealth.org 

Bereavement Services

A Gathering for the Newly Bereaved

Adults affected by a recent death are invited to join this online session for a time of sharing and information. This session offers those in the first year of grief, a starting point to receive support. To help lessen the stress of loss, facilitators will provide an introduction to grief and present suggestions and resources for facing the grieving process. Most importantly, there is time for sharing experiences, feelings and challenges. Registration is required.

Additional bereavement programs may be viewed at www.whatcomhospice.org

A Journey Toward Hope and Healing

Grieving the loss of someone we love is one of the most profound experiences of life. Grief touches many dimensions of our lives: physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Grief is unique to each individual. Many questions surface and moving through the grief process takes time. Whatcom Hospice offers a six-week session, “A Journey Toward Hope and Healing” to ease the stress of loss. This series is an educational and supportive grief group for adults dealing with the death of a loved one. Participants have an opportunity to learn about the grief process, normal aspects of grieving, and share feelings and challenges. Participants are asked to commit to attending the six-weeks. Pre-registration is required for this online program.

Memory keepsake project workshops

Seeking a way to stay connected to the individual who has died is a dimension of grief and loss. Be assured that many bereaved persons will keep articles of clothing that belonged to a loved one. The familiar color and patterns in the clothing hold special memories and can be made into memory keepsake teddy bears, stuffed animals, or pillows.

Our volunteer sewers connect with you by telephone to learn about the clothing item you have chosen and collaborate to design your unique item. One caring stitch at a time, the volunteer sewer transforms the clothing item into a stuffed animal or pillow. 

Memorial services (on hold due to COVID)

The Annual Celebration of Light is a remembrance service celebrating the lives of our loved ones. It is open to all in the community. Join Whatcom Hospice caregivers for a time of remembrance and to receive support for managing your grief. All caregivers, families and friends are invited. For 2021, we are planning to hold our second annual Celebration of light display on Dec. 3, 4 and 5. 

Grief and the Holidays sessions 

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2-3:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. 
Moving through the holidays after the death of a loved one can be challenging. Just thinking about facing the holidays may feel overwhelming. Whatcom Hospice invites you to join us for our virtual, Coping with Grief During the Holidays, program. Information and tips will be shared to help you find your way through the holidays after a loss.