Bereavement Support

In-person support groups suspended; new options available

Swedish cares about the health and well-being of our patients, caregivers and community. Due to the risk for exposure to COVID-19, all in-person classes and support groups have been suspended for the remainder of 2020. We are still here for you; see below for new options.

Healing after a loss is often a long and difficult journey. It is all too often a lonely journey. It helps to talk with someone who understands. For nearly 20 years Swedish Edmonds has offered grief support to our extended community.

Swedish Edmonds is currently offering a unique program of one-on-one grief support by telephone 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 has taught us about grieving have been shown to be very helpful to the bereaved. We are here for you. 

We have a variety of offerings

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: 

  • The first, for those who knew their loved one was dying, we offer a five part series, Journey, with expanded information about coping skills, self-care strategies, current grief research, and further information about how grief can affect a family, understanding and feeling our feelings, journaling, and an opportunity to create a project (of your choosing) that focuses on the life and beloved qualities of your loved one.
  • The second is for those whose loved one died without warning, traumatically or by suicide, called Traumatic Loss. This series requires an intake interview. These losses have so many unique qualities. We will attempt to tailor the sessions to your specific needs. 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. 

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. We hope to be able to offer grief groups online in the near future. If you have any questions about the program or would like to register your interest in one-on-one phone support or future online groups, please contact the Bereavement Office at 425-640-4404 or by email. We are honored to support you in your grief.