Grief support groups and workshops

Mission Hospice professionals host free grief support groups open to family members of Mission Hospice patients, and to all bereaved individuals living in Mission Hospice’s geographical service area.  To keep our community safe during COVID-19, we have moved our bereavement support groups and workshops online, until further notice.

*Virtual* drop-in grief support groups
Free; please contact facilitator for details.
  • Tuesday evenings 6-7:30pm, led by Christine Kovach, LCSW & Jeff Hylton, LCSW
  • Thursday afternoons 4-5:30pm, led by Isabel Stenzel, LCSW
  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturday mornings 10-11:30am, led by Tracie Pyers, MSW
  • 2nd & 4th Saturday mornings 10-11:30am, led by Tracie Pyers, MSW (focused on spouse/partner loss)
*Virtual* specialized support groups
Free; registration is required. These semi-structured support groups meet for about 8 weeks, and schedules are subject to change. If you are interested in a specific topic for a support group or workshop, please email Isabel Stenzel.
  • Writing Through Loss Support Group (please email Isabel Stenzel for more information; no experience necessary)
    Wednesdays, August 11 – September 29 • 6-7:30pm
  • Parent Loss Support Group (please email Isabel Stenzel for more information)
    Thursdays, September 23 – November 11 • 6-7:30pm
  • Spouse Loss Support Group (please email Christine Kovach for more information)
    Tuesdays, September 28 – November 16 • 11am-12:30pm 
*Virtual* workshops
Free; registration is required, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Art for healing through grief
    First Thursday of the month, May 6 – October 7 • 6-8pm 
    This monthly expressive arts workshop offers adults and mature teens a creative outlet for expressing grief. No art experience necessary; art materials will be provided by mail if needed. Please email Christine Kovach for more information.
  • Grief book club
    Second Wednesday of the month, September 8 – December 8 • 11:30am-1pm 
    This monthly lunchtime group is for those who like to read and discuss how stories relate to their own grief experience. Please email Isabel Stenzel for more information.
  • New to grief
    Thursday, September 23 • 3-5pm
    An overview of what to expect in the grief process, including tips for proactive coping. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the workshop.
  • Resilience in grief
    Based on interest
    Grieving the loss of a loved one while simultaneously dealing with the pandemic is especially challenging. This weekly workshop will teach core skills for developing and strengthening resilience using lecture, handouts, exercises, and discussion in a supportive environment. Please email Isabel Stenzel for more information.