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 Bernie Ward-Crixell, Bereavement Coordinator, at (360)385-0610 or (360) 385-2200 ext. 4684. 
These services include (for a print out - click here):

Short-Term Individual Grief Support Sessions and Grief Assessments

A trained Hospice adviser 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 Bernie Ward-Crixell, Bereavement Coordinator, at (360)385-0610 or (360) 385-2200 ext. 4684.

Ongoing Grief Support Groups and Workshops

A facilitated Drop-In Grief Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th 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. 

Following are the dates the group meets during 2016:

April 13 and 27

May 11 and 25

June 8 and 22

July 13 and 27

August 10 and 24

September 14 and 28

Drop in Grief Support Group Flyer  

6-Week Grief Support Workshop - Grieving a Death

Grieving a Death Workshop is open and free of charge to anyone in Jefferson County who has experienced the death of a loved one.  The workshop is scheduled for fall of 2016 and will meet from 1:00 to 3:30 pm on six consecutive weeks.  Each session builds on the one before with a focus on grief education, coping skills, journaling, art and ritual as tools of healing and group sharing.  It is designed for those wanting to do concentrated work on understanding and coping with their grief in a safe and confidential small group setting. 

Workshop participants must pre-register and commit to attending all six sessions.  Attendance is limited to eight (8) people.    The workshop meetings are held in the Hospice conference room located on the third floor at 2500 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend.
  Call Bernie Ward-Crixell, Bereavement Coordinator, at (360)385-0610 or (360) 385-2200 ext. 4684 for more information. 

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.