Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, hospices provide bereavement support for at least a year to families of patients they have served. They also provide bereavement services to partners and close friends. Often, hospices provide this support to people in their community even if the death did not occur with hospice care. For example, the bereaved person may have lost a family member in an accident or because of an act of violence. The bereavement coordinator at the hospice can provide information about what support services are available or recommend local resources existing within the community.

Generally bereavement support comes in the form of bereavement libraries, hospice volunteers who specialize in grief counseling, bereavement support groups and community memorial events. With complex grief, hospice social workers may provide personalized counseling.

Jackson and Josephine county hospices all provide bereavement support. Please read below to find contact information and what specialty bereavement programs are offered.

Asante Hospice Bereavement Program

Offers a copy of the “Lavender Book,” a guide created to help loved ones cope spiritually with death, contact Rogue Regional Medical Center Hospice Services at 541-789-5005 or see their web page

Providence Hospice Bereavement Program

“Journey Through Grief” is a Medford area free support group. Providence offers community memorials, Camp Erin for grieving children, bereavement volunteers, community seminars and individual and family counseling. For more information, please call the bereavement coordinator at 541-732-6869 or see their web page.