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Bereavement Support



Grief is a natural and complex reaction to the death of a loved one. Survivors struggle with emotional, physical, spiritual, social, and economic changes. Bereavement services are an essential component of our Hospice program. Our programs offer various healthy environments in which family members can feel safe and accepted while navigating through this difficult time.

Our bereavement programs and services are open to the entire Central Oregon community not just family members of our patients. Whether you are dealing with your own grief or looking for ways to help a friend, you are welcome to visit our Resource Library located in the front lounge of our office for books or tapes to help you better understand the grief journey.

Adult Grief Support

  • Individual Grief Counseling - Our individual grief counseling services are available to all members of the Central Oregon community.
  • Soup & Support - Our Soup & Support group meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Any community member who wishes companionship and support is welcome to attend. Prior Hospice services are not a prerequisite for attendance.
  • Adult Instructional Grief Support Groups - These sessions meet once a week for eight weeks and are offered in Redmond, Sisters, and Crooked River Ranch. The book set for this group is available for $30 and includes a journal. You can also purchase the book or journal separately for $15 each. Please check our monthly online community calendar for current times and location.
  • Bereavement Companions - This is a volunteer-supported program available to Hospice family members who are alone and who would benefit from a friendly visitor.
  • Social Programs - Our dedicated volunteer staff organizes and offers groups such as the Quilters Club, Senior Suppers, and Gentlemen's Coffee. These events are designed to provide a supportive environment as bereaved family members ease back into the social world. Invitational inquiries are made once each year to determine interest in these programs.
  • Your Life Story: A Guided Autobiography -This guided autobiography workshop is designed to increase the quality of life of participants by inspiring them to recall, record, preserve, and share their life stories in a way that reflects their unique self.

Children's Grief Support

  • Grief Support in Schools - Hospice of Redmond offers bereavement support groups for children of all ages in the Redmond, Tumalo, and Sisters schools at the school’s request. For more information please call our Bereavement Coordinator at 541.548.7483.
  • Camp Sunrise - Camp Sunrise is a camp for children age 7- 14 in Central Oregon who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is founded on the understanding that every child deserves the opportunity to grieve in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment. With loving support, children grieving a death can share their experience with acceptance as they begin to move through the healing process. Support for parents and caregivers will further enhance the grieving child's journey to health. The all-expenses paid camp is open to 40 children each year who reside in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
Camp Sunrise provides an emotionally safe and supportive environment. Structured games, music, art, stories and other therapies help bereaved campers understand grief and how to better express their feelings. With support from professionally trained staff members and volunteers, the children share their experiences and gain skills that can help them through the healing process.

Youth are referred to the program from a variety of sources including schools, churches, counselors and organizations/agencies serving youth and families.

Before camp, Hospice social workers meet with the children and their caregivers to verify that the children are appropriate for this camp experience. During this time, we explain the purpose and premise of the program so that families are prepared to participate.

Parents are also invited to attend post-camp sessions in support of their children. These sessions are specially designed to strengthen the parents' understanding of their child's grief process and to provide skills that will help them to more effectively support the healing process. These sessions also support parents who are working through their own grief process.

For the application to register your child for this year's Camp Sunrise, click here. For more information, please call our Bereavement Coordinator at 541.548.7483.


If you would like to schedule an appointment to explore which of our services can best help you, please call our Bereavement Coordinator at 541.548.7483 (toll free 877.244.0858) or email bereavement@hospiceofredmond.org.