Grief and Complicated Circumstances

Mt. Hood Hospice believes grief is a natural reaction to loss.

Group Details

Mt. Hood Hospice believes that grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one f We believe that each individual has the capacity to heal, that the duration and intensity of grief are unique to each of us and that caring, sharing and acceptance help us process our grief.

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.¬†

Grief support is free of charge for phone calls and community groups.

Caregiver groups are also available for those who are taking care of someone with a serious illness to address the grief that comes with witnessing someone’s health decline.

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.

Grief and Complicated Circumstances

This group is designed to help those who had complicating circumstances such as challenging relationship dynamics and/ or substance use involvement connected to their loved one. We will learn about grief and 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.

ON-GOING Grief and Complicated Circumstances Social hour 

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

ON-GOING Meinig Mornings social hour

Explore ways to use movement and breath to support ourselves in grief. We meet at a local park to learn and practice together.

Breathe, Move, Write

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 to register,

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Download the October-November 2021 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.

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Sandy Chamber
Estacada Chamber
Mt. Hood Area Chamber
Gresham Chamber