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Bereavement services

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the services listed below may not be offered at this time. Please contact Scott Klepach at scottklepach@yvmh.org to check.

Compass Care offers grief support to help you adjust to the loss of a loved one. During this difficult time, we understand that coping with day-to-day life can sometimes be a struggle. Below are workshops and support groups to help you along the way.

After your loved one's death, you may feel guilt, loneliness, regret, numbness, anger, denial, shock, relief, peace or any combination of these.

This is normal. And each one of us grieves differently, so don't be surprised if you can't relate to others' experiences or if they can't relate to yours.

Yakima Valley Memorial-sponsored bereavement groups

Grief Recovery Workshop

This 8-week course, centered on personal discovery and homework-style exercises, is designed to help you focus on grief recovery. Offered at no charge.

Living with Loss

An ongoing bereavement support group that meets on Thursdays at noon and 6 p.m. in the Cottage in the Meadow Conference Room. Offered at no charge.

Cooking For One

In the class you will be participating with others who share similar desires of learning to cook for one. Everyone participates with hands-on cooking and demonstration of meal preparation. Participants will receive a copy of A Meal for Me: Simple Strategies for cooking for one.

Kids Grief Workshop

This hands-on grief workshop will help guide children ages 5 to 17* and their parents or guardians through the grief associated with death. Each workshop will provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings and thoughts through creative activities and meet others who have experienced a similar loss. While children are participating in activities to assist their recovery, parents and guardians will be involved in their own grief recovery program geared for adults.

*On-site child care is not available for children ages 4 and under.

Drop-In Meeting

Drop in and see what we offer for those needing grief support at noon on the last Wednesday of each month at the Cottage in the Meadow. Evening meetings can be scheduled upon request. Resource literature is available at the meeting.

Celebration Of Life

Join us as we take time to remember your loved one and reconnect with members of our hospice team. This event is held semi-annually in the spring and the fall where we gather for a memorial ceremony, music and refreshments.

Grief in the Holidays

A time of companionship and support during the holiday season.

Non-sponsored bereavement groups

The Compassionate Friends

Self-help organization that offers friendship and understanding in bereavement upon the death of a child.

Time: 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month.

Address: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 801 Tieton Drive (downstairs), Yakima

Email: tcfyakima@charter.net

Wellness House

For anyone who has lost a loved one.

Time: Noon every Tuesday

Address: Wellness House, 210 S. 11th Ave. #40, Yakima

For more information, call 509.574.6746.