What We Understand About Grief
Legacy Hospice Services views grief and mourning as natural reactions following a death. The experience of grief can sometimes feel overwhelming, confusing and can affect many different parts of a person, including a person’s body, emotions, relationships, behavior, spirituality and thoughts. While grief is a universal part of being human, each person may have a different way of experiencing, expressing and coping with grief. Though they may always feel some grief, most people gradually adjust and find ways to live with the loss.
How We Can Help
The bereavement program has developed a number of ways to assist grieving families. All of our services are provided free of charge by trained bereavement specialists. Services include:
- Grief education and information on grief support groups and classes for adults and children
- Short term supportive grief counseling for hospice families and the community at large
- Referrals to community resources
- Hospice memorial gatherings
Grief Support Offerings
All Legacy Hospice grief support groups and classes are facilitated by grief professionals and are open to those grieving a loss through death. Groups are provided free of charge. Please call 503-220-1000 to register and for current schedules. Registration is required for all group offerings.
Understanding Grief: Information and Tools for Coping is a one-session class designed to provide information to newly grieving people &/or their support people. Participants learn how to identify their own grieving style and what coping strategies might best help them.
- Second Tuesday of every month, Noon – 2 p.m., Legacy Hopewell House, SW Portland
Ongoing Grief Support Groups offer the opportunity to meet other grieving people and share experiences and coping strategies. Groups meet continuously throughout the year in both the Portland and McMinnville area. New members are welcome to join at any time.
- First & third Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center; NW Portland
- First & third Mondays, 10 – 11:30am., Legacy Meridian Park Community Health Education Center; SW Tualatin
- First & third Monday, 2:00-3:15 p.m. at the McMinnville Public Library
Pathways to Healing grief support groups offer eight weekly meetings.The group utilizes a grief book as a source of information and basis for discussion, as well as providing a safe environment for sharing and self-exploration.Creative and memorializing projects also aid in grief expression
Me Too is an eight-week child & family grief support program serving children, teens and their parents or guardians. This program is a collaboration between Legacy Hospice Services, the Providence Hospice Programs and the Oregon Hospice Association. Learn more information
- Wednesdays, 6:00– 7:30 p.m., Legacy Hopewell House Hospice; SW Portland
- Tuesdays for 8 weeks, 6 - 8 p.m., East and West side Portland metro locations
Monthly Parent Grief Support Group: A Healing Circle for Parents Who Have Experienced the Death of a Child offers on opportunity to meet other grieving parents and share experiences and coping skills.
- Last Monday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m., SW Portland.
To register for any of these groups /classes or to access other grief support:
Legacy Hospice main line 503-220-1000