There are as many ways of grieving as there are variations in people and their relationships.
We want to make sure it isn’t a lonely journey. We want you to have someone to talk with who understands. For nearly 20 years Swedish Edmonds has offered grief support to our community. Swedish Edmonds is currently offering a unique program of grief support with our trained peer volunteers. In our programs, we focus on two of the most effective ways to assist grieving people: education about grief and support.
First, participants will have the opportunity to talk about their loved one with a trained compassionate listener. We believe this is especially important at this difficult time of global pandemic when sadly, so many us are grieving alone. Second, learning more about the grief process and what current research teaches us about grieving has been shown to be very helpful to the bereaved. We are here for you.
For the newly bereaved, we offer a session that gives people in the first year of their loss an opportunity to learn more about grief, be introduced to some coping skills and self-care strategies as well as gaining some concrete ideas about healthy grieving that have been helpful to others. For some people this is all the support they need on their grief journey.
For those who would appreciate additional education and support we offer two different series.
For those who knew their loved one was dying, we offer the Journey series. This series provides expanded information about coping skills, self-care strategies and current grief research. It also explores how grief can affect a family, the importance of understanding and feeling our feelings, learning about journaling, and an opportunity to create a project (of your choosing) that focuses on the life and beloved qualities of your loved one.
Traumatic Loss is for those whose loved one died without warning, traumatically or by suicide. This series requires an intake interview. These losses have so many unique qualities. Generally, the course includes learning about trauma and/or suicide and how sudden loss affects a grief journey. We also share information about helpful coping strategies (like writing, art and other creative endeavors) and understanding our many feelings. Participants of this series are invited to create a project with a focus on the life and beloved qualities of your loved one. Call us for an intake interview, and we’ll suggest a plan for your particular needs.
We are also glad to offer grief information and referral to other grief support programs in our larger community as well as a list of local grief and some trauma trained therapists in this area and other resources needed upon request. If you have any questions about the program or would like to register your interest in one-on-one phone support or online groups, please contact the Bereavement Office at 425-640-4404 or by email. We are honored to support you in your grief.