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. 

All groups are hosted on Zoom while Covid -19 restrictions are in effect to protect the health of participants and staff. 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

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 Starts Apr 26, 2022

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.

Mornings at Meinig Social Hour In-Person ON-GOING

Currently our only in-person option. We meet in the park once a week weather depending for conversation and support. Our meet ups depend on the weather so make sure to register to get updates each week so you know if we are meeting. 

Breathe, Move, Write Starts April 28 2022

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


View calendar for times and place.

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, MSW, CSWA to register,

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Download the April-June 2022 Group Schedule

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 over 40 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.

NHPCO Member
Sandy Chamber
Estacada Chamber
Mt. Hood Area Chamber
Gresham Chamber