We have all felt the solitude of grief at some time or another. And while there is no right or wrong way to grieve after a significant loss, most discover how to eventually move on with life. Hospice helps with that process.
Heart of Hospice Bereavement Program and Support Groups are available to all community members, not just Hospice families.
Bereavement groups meet weekly in both Hood River and The Dalles.
Mondays: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Mill Creek Point
1201 W 10th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Down Manor
1950 Sterling Place, Hood River, OR 97031
We make every effort to update the website when information changes. However, please call the office at (541) 386-1942 to confirm dates, times, and locations for our weekly bereavement groups (or if there is inclement weather that might necessitate cancelling a group meeting for that day).
Heart of Hospice has Spiritual Care Counselors and social workers available to support patients, families and the community with bereavement services and grief support. In addition to bereavement services, which may include personal visits, answering questions and providing helpful information concerning the grief process, our staff offers opportunities for group support and memorial gatherings. You may contact either our Counselors or social workers at 541-386-1942, 888-882-1942, 541-296-2289 or email us here.
Heart of Hospice is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). This organization provides a wealth of information and resources on Grief and Bereavement. See our Resources page.
Looking for some quick information on how to deal with your current grief? Please follow the links below to specific articles from the NHPCO.
Grief and Bereavement
Grief During the Holidays
Types of Grief and Loss
The Grief Experience
Supporting Friends or Family Who Are Grieving
Supporting a Grieving Caregiver
Tips for Helping Grieving Employees
Grief – Frequently Asked Questions
Heart of Hospice Butterfly Release
Every year in May, we hold a Butterfly Release in both Hood River and The Dalles.
The butterfly is a symbol of resurrection and hope.It is a time to remember a loved one, family member, friend, pet or anyone you wish. We will provide, while supplies last, individually boxed butterflies. There will be a reading of names, music, and an opportunity to share your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. We will then simultaneously release our butterflies as a touching and dignified way to honor the memory of our loved ones.
Call us for this year’s dates and locations.