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.

  • 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 Services Co-Director 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 Services Co-Director 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 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

  • Advance Care Planning Workshops

    Taking charge of your future care can bring peace of mind – to you and your loved ones. Bring a friend or family member to these workshops on advance care planning, available in Menlo Park or Half Moon Bay.

    Little House Activity Center
    Wednesday afternoons, 1-3:30pm. Choose one of four one-part workshops: May 17, June 14, July 19, or August 2nd.

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

    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.

    Free, but please reserve your place with: Lynne Siracusa at 650.726.5067 X 210 or siracusa.cadhc@gmail.com

  • Being Mortal: Film & community discussion

    Unity Palo Alto, Yes Hall
    Friday, June 12, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm

    Join us for a free screening and community discussion of Being Mortal, the PBS FRONTLINE film based on the best-seller by Atul Gawande, MD. This event, co-sponosored by Unity Palo Alto, is part of a national conversation about our individual end-of-life wishes and goals.

    Free, but seating is limited – register here.

  • Movie night: Being Mortal

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30pm

    The first in our free series of films and discussions about how we live and die. Being Mortal follows surgeon Atul Gawande, MD (author of the bestseller by the same name) as he explores the relationships of physicians to their dying patients. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Presented in partnership with Foster City Village and Villages of San Mateo County.

    Free; reserve a seat online or by calling 650.532.2396. 

  • Movie night: Extremis

    Mission Hospice office, San Mateo
    Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6:30pm

    The second in our free series of films and discussions about how we live and die. Extremis documents the hard choices faced by people with loved ones in the ICU – and who would have benefited from earlier conversations with physicians and family. We’ll be joined by Dr. Jess Zitter, one of the physicians in the film, who will read from her new book, Extreme Measures.

    Free; reserve a seat online or by calling 650.532.2396. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.