Serving Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish Counties

Grief Services

To speak to someone about grief or services offered, contact us at (360) 814-5550.

Diane M. Hart, MSW, LSWAIC - Bereavement Coordinator

Diane M. Hart, MSW, LSWAIC
Bereavement Coordinator

Wendy Hubenthal, LMHC, GMHS, CT - Bereavement Counselor

Wendy Hubenthal, LMHC, GMHS, CT
Bereavement Counselor

The journey through grief and loss has no map and sometimes it can be hard to tell where you are.

The journey can be exhausting, and you may need to stop often to rest. Sometimes the road is smooth, sometimes it is bumpy, and sometimes you may hit a pothole. You may get stuck somewhere that you don’t really want to be. Then, hopefully, help comes along, and you are back on the road again. The Hospice of the Northwest Bereavement Team can be part of the helpful hands and hearts that support you through the ups and downs of this process.


Click on the button above for more information.

Educational Presentations and Staff Support

Just as we care for patients and their loved ones, we also care for the staff who help provide support during this last journey in life. Whether you are working in a facility, as an in-home caregiver, or you are part of our community, we are here for you.

We are available to speak at facilities, schools, and community organizations following a death. We will tailor the support to the needs of your group.

Call our office at (360) 814-5550 to learn more. You may also contact the Outreach and Education Team directly to request an educational presentation.

Dana Brothers- or Kaaren Flint- 

Grief and Loss Services

Counselors are available to anyone in our community coping with grief.

Our counselors can address your questions and concerns, suggest resources, and provide information about grief and loss by phone or in person. Short-term counseling for both adults and children is available to individuals whose loved ones were Hospice of the Northwest patients or members of the community in the four counties we serve: Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish.

Office Hours for private counseling sessions:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
*Please call to make an appointment

Helpful Handouts

For books on loss for children and teens we suggest the link below:

Not if, but when

Hospice Resource Center

Our hospice resource center is a 100% donor funded library with books and other materials for adults, teens, and children. Topics include caring for family members during illness, coping with specific diseases, end of life concerns, grief and loss, and inspiration for challenging times.

Hospice of the Northwest is now offering individual support for those who have experienced the loss of a pet. If you are interested in learning more about one-on-one counseling or any of our other grief services, please call for details. (360) 814-5550

Support Groups

Grief Recovery Method™ (Registration Required)


 Grief is a normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. It is the conflicting feeling caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior. Grief is the feeling of reaching out for someone who has always been there, only to find when you need them again, they are no longer there.

The Grief Recovery Method™ is an 8-week program that builds on each previous session. Attendance and commitment are essential. There is no fee to participate in the program, and it is 100% funded by the donors of Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. Please call for more information and for pre-registration:
(360) 814-5570

2019 dates are listed below.

  • Thursday, January 10th, 2019 through Thursday, March 7th, 2019- 3:00 to 5:00 pm. (COMPLETED)
  • *NEW* Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 through Wednesday, April 10th, 2019- 5:30 to 7:30 pm (COMPLETED)
  • Thursday, June 20th, 2019 through Thursday, August 8th, 2019- 3:00 to 5:00 pm (COMPLETED)
  • Thursday, October 31st, 2019 through Thursday, December 19th, 2019- 3:00 to 5:00 pm (Registration CLOSED)

2020 dates are listed below. (Registration Open)

  • Thursdays, February 6th – March 26th – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays, April 16th – June 4th – 3:00 pm -5:00 pm
  • Thursdays, June 25th – August 13th – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays, September 24th – November 12th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Currently, all support groups are held at the Hospice of the Northwest office. 227 Freeway Drive, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273  – (360) 814-5550

Drop in Group* (no registration required)

Starts Tuesday January 8th and meets every Tuesday throughout the rest of the year.

Where: Hospice of the Northwest – 227 Freeway Drive, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

When: Every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

*This group is open to ANYONE in the community who has experienced a loss. You do not have to have an association with hospice care. It can be any loss you have experienced.

"Without Hospice of the Northwest grief services I would have been like a ship at sea without a compass." - K.M.
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