Grief and

Complicated Circumstances

Mt. Hood Hospice recognizes that not all grief is the same. 

Group Details

When difficult personalities, substance use, mental health challenges, estrangement, abuse or neglect are part of the relationship, it can add extra layers to the grief. Grief is more than the things we lose. It is also about the things we didn’t have or the experiences that shouldn’t have happened to us. 

These groups are designed to be a safe space to explore the ways in which our imperfect relationships impact our grief. They are opportunities to talk openly with others who also had difficult relationship dynamics with their people. 

Phone calls and community groups are offered free of charge. 

Most groups are hosted on Zoom for ease of access unless they are marked in-person.  Support is available in helping you access internet based groups using a computer, smart phone or a landline.

Groups after a death


Grief and Complicated Circumstances Social hour ON-GOING Thursdays 11:30-12:30 am Online

An informal conversation group for those who had challenging relationships with their loved one. The topics are chosen by those who attend.


Grief and Complicated Circumstances education TBD

This group is designed to help those who had complicated circumstances such as challenging relationship dynamics and/ or substance use involvement connected to their loved one. We will learn about grief,  explore our own grief process and connect with others who are sharing a similar journey of grief.

Special attention to how these challenging dynamics can influence our grief is a focus of this group.

Grief Social Hour In-Person dates and location varies, contact to register

Our only in-person option. We meet several times a month for conversation and support. Our location is always in Sandy, however, when weather permits we meet at a park, so make sure to register to get updates of where and when we meet.

Breathe, Move, Write Nov 16-Dec 28 2023

An invitation to access breath work, movement and writing to create ways to support ourselves and create connections with other group members.


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If you’d like additional support, see contact information in sidebar.



Grief Support Contact

Registration is required prior to meetings. Contact Laura Lirette M.Ed, LCSW to register,

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Grief Support Groups

About Mt. Hood Hospice

Mt. Hood Hospice has been providing care and bereavement support to families in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties for 43 years. We are a not-for-profit, free standing, independent, community-based hospice.

Mt. Hood Hospice was the first free-standing hospice in Oregon to be granted Medicare certification in 1987. Since that time we have stayed current in compliance with changing CMS regulations while remaining true to our original ideal: to provide the highest quality care to families coping with life-limiting illness, emphasizing comfort, dignity and choice.

Because every day is a gift



We are a not-for-profit Hospice that provides quality care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones,

regardless of their ability to pay.

Living with a Terminal Illness

When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the lives of those close to them are impacted as well. It's important to learn as much as you can about the illness. The more information you have, the more in control you will feel. Learn more.

What You Need to Know

Hospice care is covered 100% by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. You can choose your hospice! Every Medicare beneficiary with Part A entitlement has a Medicare Hospice Benefit allowing them services from ANY Medicare certified hospice. This is regardless of their enrollment in any HMO. We care for people in residential facilities as well as at home. Learn more.


Kind Words From Our Families

Watch this one-minute video testimonial and hear why families choose Mt. Hood Hospice.


We are certified by Medicare, which means we get  surveyed every 3 to make sure we are following all state and federal hospice regulations.


Time Of Remembering Event 

2023 Time of Remembering details are available.


Support Groups

Grief Support Contact

Registration is required prior to meetings. Contact Laura Lirette to register,

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Sandy Chamber
Estacada Chamber
Mt. Hood Area Chamber
Gresham Chamber