Calendar of events

Grief Support

  • Drop-in Support Groups

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Tuesday nights, 6–7:30pm, led by Roby Newman, LCSW
    First and third Saturdays, 10–11:30am, led by Tracie Pyers, MSW

    Coastside Adult Day Health Center
    Second and fourth Thursdays, 4–5:30pm, led by Bethany Berkowitz, RN, BSN, and Lynne Siracusa, LCSW (Coastside Adult Day Health Center)

    Our drop-in Bereavement Support Groups are open to all members of the community free of charge. 

    The schedule may change around holidays; to confirm the schedule, please call 650.554.1000.

  • Grupo de Apoyo de Duelo (en Español)

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Miércoles en la noche, 6-7:30pm

    Grupo de apoyo para el duelo para hispanoparlantes. Dirigido por la Maestra en Trabajo Social Sara Martinez. La entrada es libre y está abierta al público en general de habla hispana.

    Para más informacíon: 650.727.7160.

  • Drop-in Support Group for Young Widows and Widowers

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Second and fourth Saturdays, 10-11:30am

    This drop-in support group offers a safe, supportive place for those grieving the loss of a partner early in life. Open to all members of the community free of charge. The group is facilitated by Tracie Pyers, MSW and Meechal Hall, LCSW. 

    The schedule may change around holidays; to confirm the schedule or inquire about childcare, please call 650.753.4947.

  • Parent Loss Support Group

    Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, March 23 – May 11, 2017
    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo

    The death of a parent can be overwhelming. This free eight-week support group for adults offers a safe, supportive place to share your thoughts and feelings with others who have experienced the loss of a parent. Facilitated by Isabel Stenzel, LCSW, and Brooke Rodriguez, MSW Intern.

    For information and to sign up for the group, contact Isabel at 650.532.2338 or by email.

  • Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm, March 23 – May 11, 2017
    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo

    This free eight-week support group for adults offers a safe, supportive place to share your thoughts and feelings with others who have experienced the loss of a spouse/partner. Facilitated by Meechal Hall, LCSW, and Martha Griswold, MSW Intern.

    For information and to sign up for the group, contact Meechal at 650.532.2390 or by email.

  • Writing Through Loss support group

    Wednesday nights, 6:30-8pm, August 23 – October 11, 2017
    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo

    This free eight-week “Writing Through Loss” support group is for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Explore how creative writing can help you express where you’ve been with your grief, and where you’re going. Facilitated by Isabel Stenzel, LCSW. No writing experience necessary. 

    For information and to sign up for the group, contact Isabel at 650.532.2338 or by email.

Volunteer Training

  • New Volunteer Information Meetings

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 12–1pm OR 5:30–6:30pm

    Interested in volunteering with our patients? Here’s your chance to find out more and sign up for our summer 2017 training sessions.

    No RSVP is needed. If you have questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

  • New Volunteer Training Sessions

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Saturdays, June 17 & 24, July 8 & 15, 2017 (9:30am–3pm) and Thursdays, July 6 & 13, 2017 (6–8pm)

    These training sessions will prepare you for being a Direct Care volunteer for our patients. 

    To apply and register, contact Volunteer Coordinator Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

  • New Volunteer Information Meetings

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 12–1pm OR 5:30–6:30pm

    Interested in volunteering with our patients? Here’s your chance to find out more and sign up for our February-March 2017 training.

    No RSVP is needed. If you have questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

  • New Volunteer Training Sessions

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 (9:30am–3pm) and Thursdays, October 19 & 26, 2017 (6–8pm)

    These training sessions will prepare you for being a Direct Care volunteer for our patients.

    To apply and register, contact Volunteer Coordinator Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

Community Events

  • “Night of Fun” at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club

    Peninsula Italian American Social Club, San Mateo
    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    , 6pm

    Join members of the Peninsula Italian American Social Club for the ninth annual Dinner and Dance Benefit for Mission Hospice. The lively evening will include a special Italian dinner, dancing, raffle, and silent and live auctions.

    Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call Cathy McDermott at 650.532.2562.

  • Complicated Grief: A day-long workshop with Dr. Katherine Shear

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9am–5pm

    This training, led by Columbia University’s Dr. Katherine Shear, will focus on identifying complicated grief and introducing principles and procedures for treatment. For professionals and graduate students working with those who are grieving; CEUs are available.

    Registration is $150. This special workshop is limited to 30 people – register today.

  • Stories that heal: Weekend writing workshop with Ann Randolph

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:30 – 4:30

    Learn how to tell your story of life and loss in this small-group writing workshop with award-winning author and teacher Ann Randolph. Ann is a master at sharing stories from the heart in ways that are funny and inspiring. Bring a notebook and lunch.

    Registration is $300. This special workshop is limited to 20 people – register today.

  • “Dying to Talk” with Dr. Dawn Gross

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:30–3:00pm

    Led by physician Dr. Dawn Gross, we’ll begin with a simple game that helps us talk about our wishes for the end of life. Then you’ll be in the audience while Dr. Dawn records her KALW radio series “Dying to Talk,” and interviews Dr. Jessica Zitter, subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Extremis.

    Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information, call Susan at 650.532.2396.

  • Advance Care Planning Workshops

    Coastside Adult Day Health Center
    Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm. Choose one of four two-part workshops: May 4 & 18, June 1 & 15, July 6 & 20, or August 3 & 17th.

    Taking charge of your future care can bring peace of mind – to you and your loved ones. Bring a friend or family member to this two-part workshop on advance care planning.

    Free, but please reserve your place with: Lynne Siracusa at 650.726.5067 X 2510 or siracusa.cadhc@gmail.com

  • “Voices of Hospice” – A Reader’s Theater Presentation

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Friday, May 12, 6:30-8:30pm & Saturday, May 13, 2017, 2-4pm

    Join us for the reading of a dramatic new “play for voices” by Roby Newman, LCSW, Mission Hospice bereavement coordinator. 15 readers will take you on the journeys of four patients, their families, and their hospice teams, from the start of hospice care to the end of life.

    Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information, call Roby at 650.931.8236.