To talk with someone in the Bereavement Services Department, please call (360) 493-4684 or (877) 620-3286.
It is extremely hard when a loved one dies. No matter how "prepared" we think we are, we are never truly ready for the finality of death. Nothing else in our experience is final in the same way. There is no going back, no "trying one more time," no "do-overs."
Grief often hits with an intensity that surprises and overwhelms us. We can't seem to do or accomplish anything. Our old coping skills, which performed so well in the past, fail to stem the flow of tears. Words of sympathy do little to dull the pain that flares inside us.
Bereavement, we soon learn, is a journey. A journey that takes a lot longer, and is a lot bumpier, than we ever thought possible. To help with this journey, Hospice provides a comprehensive program of bereavement care and services. While they don't take away the pain, they do help us to understand the grief process and to realize that we are not alone.
- Adult Support Groups - Open to the community, these groups provide a safe place to learn about grief and share with others who truly understand what you are going through.
- SoundCareKids - A support group for school age children and the adults who care for them.
- Short-term bereavement counseling available by appointment.
- Periodic mailings on grief and loss.
- "Navigating Grief in the Holidays" workshops are held each November.
- Annual memorial services are held each June to remember and honor loved ones who have died.
Please know that we are here to help you during this time of sorrow.