Grief support

Mission Hospice offers bereavement support for those who are grieving or facing the death of a loved one. We can help you:

  • Learn about the grief process
  • Express your feelings of grief
  • Discover how to use natural strengths to get through this difficult time
  • Talk about loved ones who have died
  • Sort through the stresses and anxieties that may come with new roles and responsibilities
  • Uncover the potential for growth and transformation following loss

Grief support groups

Mission Hospice professionals host free grief support groups open to the community.  Although the groups are free of charge, donations are gratefully accepted. Schedules are subject to change; check the complete group meetings schedule or call 650.554.1000 for more information.

Free drop-in grief support groups
Everyone is welcome; no RSVP needed.
  • Tuesday evenings 6-7:30pm, led by Roby Newman, LCSW
  • 1st and 3rd Saturdays 10-11:30am, led by Tracie Pyers, MSW
  • 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10-11:30am, Group for Young Widows and Widowers, led by Tracie Pyers, MSW. Concurrent children’s group is available on 2nd Saturday (RSVP required).
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6-7:30pm, led by Lynne Siracusa, LCSW
Specialized support groups
Everyone is welcome; registration is required. These semi-structured support groups meet in our San Mateo office for about 8 weeks. For details and to register, call 650.554.1000.
• Parent Loss Support Group
• Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group
• From Surviving to Thriving Support Group
• Grief and the Holidays Support Group
• Writing Through Loss Support Group

Individual grief counseling

Mission Hospice & Home Care also offers individual and family counseling sessions (in English and Spanish) to support patients and family members. Family members of our hospice clients receive eight free sessions; additional sessions, or counseling for members of the public, are $100/session or sliding scale.

Other bereavement support

  • Free phone support, resources, and referral
  • Lending library with a wide selection of books for adults and children in our San Mateo office
  • Play therapy for grieving children ages five and older
  • Inservice training on coping with grief for facility staff
  • Annual Day of Remembrance each November

To find out more about our grief counseling services for adults and children, please contact us.