Serving Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Novato, Sonoma and surrounding communities

Grief Services

Our Hospice views grief as a normal process that can be accompanied by fear, loneliness and uncertainty. Our Grief Support Services are designed to provide support, education and socialization to individuals through one-to-one counseling and support groups. Our Grief Support Services are unique in that we provide grief support to both hospice family members and anyone in the community who is in need of support at no charge.

What are Hospice Grief Support Services?

One-to-one grief counseling by the Hospice grief support services staff or interns at one of our Hospice offices.

Grief support visits by trained grief support volunteers.

Grief Support Groups—eight weekly sessions co-facilitated by two trained grief support volunteers. Separate groups are held for children, teens, and adults.

Books, pamphlets and other materials about grief and loss.

Referral to other community agencies that help with grief–related issues and problems.

Educational presentations on grief-related subjects.

Contact Us to learn more about our Grief Support Services.

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Who Can Receive Grief Support Services?

Anyone in the community is able to receive Grief Support Services through our hospice programs regardless of whether or not a family member utilized our hospice services.  Grief services are available in English and Spanish, to individuals and families living in Sonoma County and Marin County.

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How Can Follow-up Grief Support Help You?

By making available a trusted and compassionate person who can be with you to listen to your concerns.       

By providing education about the grieving process and what feelings you might experience during your period of bereavement.

By teaching new ways to cope with the stress of loss and grief.

By providing help in becoming involved in a new life, seeking out new support persons, groups and activities.

By simply knowing someone is available in time of need, you may feel relieved and more secure about your situation.

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What Can You Do to Help Yourself?

Sharing your thoughts and ideas out loud can often help

you in understanding and coping with your loss.

Discussing painful feelings such as despair, anger or guilt is a way to reduce their intensity.

Reminiscing about your loved one will help you create a balance

between their life and their death.

Discussing with someone the changes you are experiencing

in your life may ease the transition of a new beginning.

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How Much Do Grief Support Services Cost?

There is no cost for our Hospice Grief Support Services.

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Community Grief Support Events and Workshops

Workshops and Drop-in Groups:

Military Loss
Support for family and friends whose loved one served and died. Call for additional information.

Beyond Words
A workshop to explore the unfolding of grief through art process. Offered for times a year at Hospice of Petaluma.  No art experience needed. Call for additional information.

Beginning Again
An eight-week series for spouses/partners who have processed the early stages of grief and are continuing to explore the ongoing challenges of reorganizing their lives.  Offered in the spring. Call for additional information.

Continuing the Relationship
A one day workshop for parents who have processed the early stages of grief, following the death of  a child and are continuing to explore the
on-going challenges. Call for additional information.

Family and Friends
Weekly drop-in group for family & friends of someone with a life-threatening illness.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays - North County Hospice, 4:00-5:00 PM
2nd and 4th Wednesdays – Memorial Hospice, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
1st and 3rd Thursdays – Hospice of Petaluma, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Holiday Blues
A  six week drop-in group for people in grief who would like additional support for getting through the holidays.
Mondays, beginning November 12, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Memorial Hospice
Tuesdays, beginning November 13, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Hospice of Petaluma
Thursdays, beginning November 15, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Cloverdale Senior Center
Thursdays, beginning November 15, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 PM at  North County Hospice 

Individual or Family counseling: Offered at our offices in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Healdsburg
Child and Teen
Family and Individual
Latino Services

Remembering Our Mothers-Check back for 2013 date
Remembering Our Fathers -Check back for 2013 date
Two seperate evenings in honor of our mothers and our fathers.  Whether the death was recent or some time ago, coming together to share memories and feelings can bring comfort and healing. Each program offered at Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice.
No reservation required
For more details contact: Memorial Hospice - 568-1094, Hospice of Petaluma - 778-6242, North County Hospice-431-1135

Adult Eight-Week Grief Support Groups
Scheduled during day and evening hours. Call for additional information
Parent Loss
Spouse/Partner Loss
Infant/Pregnancy Loss
Child Loss
Traumatic Loss
Other Losses

For Children and Teens
Grief Support Groups: Weekly activities for young people ages 6-8
Counseling and Play Therapy: at all three locations
Still My Parent: Kids Remembering Moms and Dads Who Have Died- Check back for 2013 date
Meaningful and fun activities at an outdoor fair to honor parents who have died. All young people ages 5 - 18 are welcome even if the death happened a long time ago and only a few memories remain.   This event will take place at Hospice of Petaluma.   

 Our services are free of charge. Donations welcome DONATE. 

Services available in Spanish – Se habla Espanol

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"I can't tell you how much I appreciate all that hospice has done for our family. I think of Dad often, but only in the most positive way. I am totally convinced that he is completely happy and that his last three months were an important growing time for him."

"Your help and support during the illness is certainly to be commended, but your continuing concern for those living and left with a great loss is something special."