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.  

Grief and the holidays

Moving through the holidays after the death of a loved one can be challenging. Whatcom Hospice can help you cope.  Adults of all ages are invited to attend this free community program that combines sharing, learning and remembrance-focused activities to help you cope after a loss. These programs are free and open to the community.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 
6 – 7 p.m.
Fairhaven Public Library
1117 – 12th St.
Bellingham, Washington

Thursday, November 3, 2016
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ferndale Public Library
2125 Main St.
Ferndale, Washington 

Thursday, November 10, 2016
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Deming Public Library
5044 Mt. Baker Hwy
Deming, Washington  

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 September 1, 2016, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. 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. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016
St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, Washington

Writing workshop: find comfort, peace and meaning through writing and journaling

Learn how writing and journaling can have a positive impact on the grieving process. This one-day workshop offers techniques and ideas that can inspire participants to use writing as a way of effectively coping with grief. All adults are welcome. No experience as a writer is necessary. Writing materials will be supplied. Participants are welcome to bring their own journal if desired. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but registration is required. To register, please contact Michelle Walsh at 360-733-5877.

Tuesday, October 11
2 – 5 p.m.
Whatcom Hospice Administrative Building
2800 Douglas Ave.
Bellingham, Wash.

New programs coming in 2017

Whatcom Hospice is pleased to announce two new grief programs beginning in 2017.

A journey toward hope and healing

This six-week series offers education and support for adults dealing with the death of a loved one. Dates and times to be announced. The group will meet at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham.  Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Michelle Walsh at 360-733-5877. Free and open to the community.

Gathering for the newly bereaved

This single-session class offers the newly bereaved a starting point to receive support with the grief process. Adults affected by a recent death are invited to a safe and welcoming atmosphere for a time of sharing and information. Staff and volunteers will provide grief education and the opportunity to share with others to help lessen the stress of loss. This single session may provide with what you need as you continue your grieving process, or you may decide to enroll in additional programs.

This program is open to individuals whose loved one was served by Whatcom hospice. The gathering will be held monthly. Contact 360-733-5877, ext. 4664 for dates and times.