Support & Socialize
Friends of Hospice and Partners In Care offer various activities and groups for the community to find involvement in. Some of these include discussion groups, community education programs, grief support, and social gatherings.
Here’s a sampling of some activities & support groups. Check our calendar (link) regularly, or join our email list (link) to keep informed about upcoming programs:
- Learn Over Lunch! – Monthly educational programs held on the third Friday of the month. Free. Light lunch provided. MUST rsvp. Watch the calendar and Facebook posts for details.
- Book Discussion Group. We offer multiple book discussion groups throughout the year. Each book is chosen with intention by a passionate facilitator and has a focus on end-of-life matters. Have a suggestion for a book? Let us know!
- Grief Support. Some Friends of Hospice members need help with the grief they are experiencing – both in anticipation of a death and long after. Partners In Care has a robust community bereavement program that is free of charge. Registration is required for most groups as well as individual personal counseling. Call (541) 830-6566 or visit the Partners In Care website for more information.
- Death Cafés. Death Cafés have come to Central Oregon! These gatherings allow for conversation around any and all issues related to death and dying. Death Café Bend is held on the second Wednesday of every month from 7–9pm at the Eastside Library Meeting Room. These gatherings are highly participatory. They are facilitated by former Partners In Care Hospice Nurse Cheryl Adcox.
- Death Over Dinner. Let’s have dinner and talk about death! Twice annually, Friends of Hospice board members host a dinner in their home and invite members to come and engage in conversation about death and dying at the dinner table. These dinners offer a comfortable and non-judgmental environment for those interested in making the difficult conversation of death a normal table discussion.
- Life Ending Well. Friends of Hospice offers an annual symposium called Life Ending Well. Each year Life Ending Well brings in valuable speakers, workshops, and learning opportunities for attendees interested in end-of-life matters. Friends of Hospice members receive a discounted registration.
- Educational Evenings. Throughout the year, Friends of Hospice offers educational programs separate from community education programs. These opportunities give a more in-depth and critical look at end-of-life topics in the form of panel discussions, film screenings, discussion groups, game nights, and workshops.
Grief Support through Partners In Care
- Monthly Bereavement Potluck. Lunch provided with an opportunity to socialize with others who are experiencing grief or loss. Meets the second Tuesday of each month.
- Coffee & Doughnuts with Bob & The Boys. Gentlemen only. Meets the second and last Friday of the month, 9:30am-11:00am.
- Grief Relief. Reinvesting in life after loss is less painful when the journey is shared with others. In this eight-week group session every Spring, Fall and Winter, participants find hope, connection and solace together. Registration required by calling (541) 382-5882.
- Widowhood. A support group for woman who have lost a spouse or significant other. The passage to widowhood is a maze of unknowns. This eight week group will provide a safe place for women to share the journey toward empowerment to create a new life after the death of a mate.
Anticipatory Grief Support Group. A support group for individuals anticipating the death of a loved one. Typically, the impending loss is a death of someone close due to illness but it can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves. This is an open group that meets the first Thursday of each month from 10:30am–12:00pm.
- Camp Courage – A four-day summer camp for children who have experienced a loss in their lives. Utilizes art and pet therapy with enjoyable activities. No cost day camp in July. Participants may also follow up with individual and family counseling and My Friend’s House, an after-school program for children and their parents or guardians.