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.

  • 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.

  • Writing Through Loss Support Group

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

    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.

  • Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group

    San Bruno Senior Center
    Thursdays, 1:00-2:30pm, September 21 – November 9, 2017

    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.

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

  • Parent Loss Support Group

    Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, September 21 – November 9, 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 Jessica Sohn, LCSW.

    For information and to sign up for the group, contact Isabel at 650.753.4938 or by email.

  • Grief and the Holidays Support Group

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:30pm,
    November 15, 2017 – January 10, 2018

    This free nine-week, semi-structured group will help grieving people manage the holiday season. Attendance is free; registration is required. Facilitated by Tess Rogers, MSW; Isabel Stenzel, LCSW; and Jan Prins, MFT trainee. To sign up, contact Roby at 650.931.8236 or by email

Volunteer Training

  • 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 Services Co-Director 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 Services Co-Director Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

Community Events

  • Movie night: The Power of Two

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6:30pm

    The third in our free series of films and discussions about how we live and die. The Power of Two tells the story of identical twins Isabel and Ana Stenzel, their battle with cystic fibrosis, and survival through double lung transplants. Based on their memoir, the story is powerful and inspiring. Isabel, a Mission Hospice & Home Care bereavement counselor, will join us.

    Free; reserve a seat online or by calling 650.532.2396. 

  • 6-Week Chair Yoga Class

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am, September 26 – October 31, 2017
    Free intro class on August 22!

    Instructor Betsy Slavit will lead poses and stretches to support strength, balance, flexibility, and relaxation. Students
    can sit or stand. Beginners welcome; wheelchair accessible. Wear supportive shoes and bring a water bottle.

    $60 for 6-week session. To register or ask questions, contact Susan at 650.532.2396 or by email.

  • 6-Week Memory Class

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Tuesdays, noon-1:00pm, September 26 – October 31, 2017
    Free intro class on August 22!

    Instructor Betsy Slavit will lead games and activities to exercise memory and cognition, including name recall, word retrieval, and how to stop forgetting and losing things. The class will conclude with a few minutes of relaxation.

    $76 for 6-week session. To register or ask questions, contact Susan at 650.532.2396 or by email.

  • Advance Care Planning Workshops

    Little House Activity Center
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 1:00-3:30pm

    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 workshops on advance care planning.

    Free, but please reserve your place with: Little House staff at 650.272.5045 or msavage@penvol.org

  • Movie night: Voices of Grief

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:30pm

    The fourth in our free series of films and discussions about how we live and die. Voices of Grief shares a fresh perspective on how we might navigate through grief. Authors, experts, and personal stories explore community, compassion, and connection. Filmmakers Kathy and Arnie Sparins will join us for a discussion after the film.

    Free; reserve a seat online or by calling 650.532.2396. 

  • Stories that heal: Weekend writing workshop with Ann Randolph

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 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 $320. This special workshop is limited to 20 people – register today.

  • Mission Hospice Auxiliary Fall Gala: Diamonds and Denim

    Crowne Plaza, Foster City
    Saturday, October 7, 2017, 6pm

    Our biggest party of the year! Diamonds and Denim promises to be a fun-filled evening with dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to Matt Applin and the Midnite Band.

    Tickets are $150/person to benefit the Hospice House Campaign. Purchase your tickets online, or call 650.554.1000.

  • Columbus Day Celebration at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club

    Peninsula Italian American Social Club, San Mateo
    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    , 6pm

    Save the date for the annual Columbus Day Celebration at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club to benefit Mission Hospice. The lively evening will include a delicious Italian dinner, dancing, and a special appearance by longtime Mission Hospice volunteer Patricia Matthews as Queen Isabella.

  • Movie night: Through Our Own Eyes

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:30pm

    The fifth in our free series of films and discussions about how we live and die. Through Our Own Eyes, a film produced for the British National Health Service, highlights communities talking about what matters most for their end-of-life care. Producers Mary Matthiesen (now with Mission Hospice) and Nicola Rudge will join us for a conversation about how to plan for your own future care.

    Free; reserve a seat online or by calling 650.532.2396. 

  • Movie night: Death Makes Life Possible

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30pm

    The last in our free series of films and discussions about how we live and die. Death Makes Life Possible follows a cultural anthropologist as she explores how people across the world are learning to live well and die better – and shows how we can make the most of every moment.

    Free; reserve a seat online or by calling 650.532.2396. 

  • Complicated Grief (Level Two Training): A two-day workshop with Dr. Katherine Shear

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Friday – Saturday, November 17-18, 2017, 9am–5pm

    This in-depth training, led by Columbia University’s Dr. Katherine Shear, will focus on her 16-step approach to treating complicated grief. For professionals working with those who are grieving, and who have a basic understanding of the differences between complicated grief, PTSD, and MDD. CEUs are available.

    Registration is $375. This special workshop is limited to 30 people – register today.