Grief Support Groups

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.  

A Gathering for the Newly Bereaved

Adults affected by a recent death are invited to a safe and welcoming atmosphere for a time of sharing and information. This session offers the newly bereaved a starting point to receive support with grief and loss. To help lessen the stress of loss, facilitators will provide an introduction to grief and present suggestions and resources for facing the grieving process. There will be time for sharing experiences, feelings and challenges. Drop in on the date and time that works best. No registration is required. One session may be what is needed or participants may decide to enroll in additional programs. This free program will be held in the Bowman Conference Room at Whatcom Hospice, 2800 Douglas Ave, Bellingham, WA.  

Daytime: Held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • January 10                                                      
  • February 14 
  • March 14 
  • April 11  
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 14
  • September 12 
  • October 10 
  • November 16 
  • December 12 

Evening: Held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

For more information, please contact Michelle Walsh, Bereavement Coordinator, at 360.733.5877 or mwalsh3@peacehealth.org  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 free program. The groups will be held at St. Luke’s Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham, WA. 

2017 Schedule of Groups

January – February:
1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
Thursdays:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

March – April: 
3/7, 3/14, 3/21/, 2/28, 4/4, 4/11
Tuesdays: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

May – June:
5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15
Thursdays:  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

July – August:
7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Wednesdays:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

September/October:
9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
Mondays:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information or to register, please contact Michelle Walsh, Bereavement Coordinator, at 360.733.5877 or mwalsh3@peacehealth.org  Additional bereavement programs may be viewed at www.whatcomhospice.org

Grief relief for women

This is a free support group for women who are at least six months out from their most recent loss and wish to understand their grief journey and discover new pathways. ​This group session for women meets once a week for six weeks. Each session will focus on a specific grief topic to move participants closer to understanding the unique aspects of their grief. New skills will be developed. New possibilities will be discovered. Registration is required for this no-cost group. 

The next six-week series begins in Spring 2017 - dates to be determined. To register, please contact Michelle Walsh at 360-733-5877.

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 or pillow cases. Whatcom Hospice provides the supplies for assembling the keepsake object. Participants bring the special article of clothing and join volunteer sewers in making a personal keepsake object. Volunteers and staff provide instruction and guidance. No sewing experience is needed. Experienced sewers are encouraged to bring their own machines. Families are encouraged to attend. Currently held on the first Saturday of every even month (February, April, June, August, October and December).

Memorial services

The Annual Celebration of Light Program is a remembrance service celebrating the lives of our loved ones.  It is open to anyone 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. 

Monday, May 15, 2017
St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, Washington