"Grief is a sacred time where we can rearrange our fragments into a new definition of wholeness."
– Stephanie Ericsson
The death of someone can be a difficult and painful process, and no one should have to make the journey through grief alone. MultiCare’s Hospice Bereavement Program connects those who have experienced a death loss with information, services, and resources to help support them while they move through their grief experience, no matter when the death occurred or where they are in the healing process.
All of our services are offered at no cost and include:
We can offer individual or family appointments to explore your loss experiences, assistance to help you cope with grief, and address concerns surrounding your loss. If you need additional support through ongoing therapy, we can provide counseling resources and referrals to local counselors specializing in grief, loss, and trauma.
We offer ongoing opportunities to attend grief support groups. We hold our eight-week educational support groups in various locations in South King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Groups fill up quickly, and we do require registration ahead of time to attend.
Our counselors and volunteers, trained in the issues of grief and loss, are available to support you by telephone at any time during our business hours; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you are in crisis, call 911 or your local crisis line listed below:
Spring Remembrance Celebration: Each year we offer an opportunity to remember those who have died in a community of others who are in grief. The event is designed to create a time for reflection, to tell stories, and to participate in a community ritual.
Grief During the Holidays: Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, this self-care seminar provides practical information and ideas about how to care for yourself and your family during the holidays and at other times of meaning and remembrance as you navigate your grief. The event also offers ideas for rituals and memorials for healing.
Due to COVID restrictions, in-person events are suspended for 2020. Until we are able to meet again, we offer the Rituals and Memorials for Healing booklet to help support your reflective healing.
The majority of our outreach is educational in nature. Over the course of the first year after your loss, we can send quarterly mailings that include general information about grief and the grieving process, along with suggestions for coping with grief. Further literature and resources may be sent upon request.
In an occupational setting, if there is a need for grief and loss education or a staff bereavement support session, our staff is available for these services, as well.
If you are looking for grief support outside of our service area or need more than we are able to offer, we will gladly assist you in getting connected with community providers near you.
For information regarding these and other services, contact MultiCare’s Bereavement Program, in King County, Pierce County, and Kitsap County at 253-301-6400.
Please indicate in which county you are seeking support.
Although our services are offered at no charge, we do accept donations.
Charitable contributions and memorial gifts help us train and support our highly skilled staff and volunteers who care for each hospice family during this difficult time. Donations also enable us to assist those who do not have insurance and who would otherwise be unable to afford care.
Please remember that every donation is appreciated, no matter the amount because donations come from the heart, and no one can put a monetary value on that!