Bereavement Services

Experiencing the death of a loved one may be one of the most difficult times in one's life. Our hospice program offers grief support for families of hospice patients, and also for community members who have experienced loss, and not received hospice services.

Bereavement services for families of hospice patients consist of one-on-one counseling and phone consultations for anticipatory grief and bereavement, on an ongoing basis, continuing for 1 year after the death of their loved one. We encourage family members to join one of our community grief support groups to reap the benefit of group support and openly express their loss.


Individual Counseling

We offer individual grief counseling through our Community Counseling Services. Community members are eleigible to receive two individual bereavement counseling sessions at no cost. Individuals may access additional grief counseling sessions, beyond the two free sessions, by paying a fee.

Grief Support Groups

Grief support groups are an important means for dealing with loss, and offer a place to grieve, express feelings, be with others who are in a similar place, and learn about the grief process. All groups are open to the public.

Most groups are offered at Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services, 414 South Jefferson St in Napa.

All groups are free and open to the public. The following groups are available:

Coffee and Conversation for Men

For men who have experienced the death of a loved one, this group meets weekly on Friday mornings, and is facilitated by a bereavement professional. Men are provided with a safe and accepting environment to express the difficult feelings that accompany their loss. Grief education and counseling are also provided. Meetings are ongoing and free of charge.

Tea & Comfort: A Group for Women

This group is for women who have experienced the death of a loved one. It meets weekly on Tuesday afternoons. Women are provided with a safe and accepting environment to express their feelings and receive a greater understanding about their unique response to grief. Grief counseling is also provided. Meetings are ongoing and free of charge.

Grief and Loss Support for Men and Women

We offer a weekly drop-in groups for adults in Napa on Thursday afternoons and a weekly drop-in group in St. Helena on Friday mornings.

Healing After the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide

For those who are suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide, this group offers grief education and an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. This is a weekly drop-in group on Wednesday afternoons.

Grief & Loss Art Therapy

When we are grieving, finding time and space to go inward is important. One way to discover ourselves, and access our feelings is through the use of art materials. Art done in this context requires no previous art experience, just a willingness to explore!

Thursday, April 1st and April 8th, 2010

5:30 - 7:00 PM

You may sign up for one or both sessions. Pre-registration required,for information please call Liz Cendejas at: (707) 258-9080

Grief & Changes after the Death of a Parent

A six-session series for Adults at Napa Valley Hospice

March 10, 2010 through April 14, 2010

Wednesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Understanding Grief – Feelings and fears
  • Grief Across the Lifespan – Previous losses and how they influence current grief
  • Grief in Context – Family and Cultural influences
  • The Orphaned Feeling – Why it happens and how we cope.
  • Groups are 90 minutes each over 6 consecutive weeks and are facilitated by an experienced grief counselor. Napa Valley Hospice offers the series free of charge to the community.

    Pre-registration is required. For information please call Liz Cendejas at: (707) 258-9080

    Youth Grief Support

    Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services facilitates an extensive age-appropriate grief support program offered to students of all ages onsite at their own school throughout the Napa Valley School District. Facilitated by experienced bereavement counselors, these youth groups offer students grief education and counseling. Click here for more info about school bereavement programs.

    For further information or to register, please call the Hospice Bereavement Manager at (707) 258-9080 or (800) 451-4664.