Gatherings & Events

Free drop-in Community Grief Groups meet every week throughout Humboldt County. Click here for group locations and times.

Creative Arts Gathering Head in the Clouds: the Cognitive Side of Grief
Saturday, September 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Loss and grief tend to disrupt thinking in many ways. Memory is affected, things are frequently misplaced, dates overlooked and issues left forgotten and unattended to. Decisions may become more difficult and confidence in our intellectual abilities is often shaken. We will have the opportunity to notice what has temporarily shifted and look for ways to attend to our distracted minds.
Space is limited, please call to register: Julia D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801

Estate Planning Essentials
Thursday, October 3, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
In this free workshop, local attorney Angela Petrusha will demystify the estate planning process, reveal the 5 essential elements of a complete estate plan, and explain how these elements can be applied to your unique circumstances. Topics will include Revocable Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, Guardianship of Minor Children, and more.
This workshop is open to all, but registration is required.  If you plan on bringing a guest, be sure to indicate how many extra seats to reserve.  Click here to register.

Teen Grief Support Group
Eight weeks starting Tuesday, October 15 until December 10
4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
The weekly group is a safe and supportive environment where teens can share with other teens and participate in activities that will be focused on healing and honoring lost loved ones.
This free group is open to all teens who may be experiencing a loss due to death.  Please call 707-267-9801 to register.

Creative Arts Gathering Capturing Memories
Saturday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
When someone close to us has died, many find comfort and strength in drawing upon memories of that person. Sometimes, there is a fear that we will lose our memories as time goes on. Having a place to collect and hold our memories can help to feel more secure in not losing them. We will have time to reflect upon our memories as well as create a container in which to keep them.
Space is limited, please call to register: Julia D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801

Remembrance & Healing During the Holidays
Saturday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is a Light Up a Life 2019 event
The holidays can be a challenging time for many people who are grieving.   This free workshop will offer an opportunity to express concerns.   Suggestions for stress reduction will be discussed.   There will be a simple activity and a ritual to honor those you miss and bring their memory into your celebrations.
Space is limited, please register by calling 707-267-9801

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How will your family know your wishes in a health crisis? In this workshop, Hospice social workers will teach participants how to approach these important, but often difficult conversations around Advance Care Planning. Get your questions answered and learn how to include your health care wishes in an Advance Directive form.
For more information about this FREE workshop, call 707-445-8443.

40th Anniversary Celebration &  Heart of Hospice Path Dedication
Saturday, November 16, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This is a Light Up a Life 2019 event
Hospice of Humboldt invites everyone to join us in our 40th Anniversary Celebration! This community gathering will begin with a special ceremony commemorating the engraved bricks that form the memorial Heart of Hospice Path.  The festivities will include blessings, music,  beautiful harmonies by the Arcata Threshold Choir speakers, and light refreshments.

Creative Arts Gathering  Making Room for Rituals
Saturday, November 23, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ritual is a way to honor endings and beginnings, to notice significant change, to set aside time and space to attend to our heart and soul. When someone we love has died, rituals are a way to reach grief beyond language or explanation. We will have the opportunity to create our own symbols of healing from loss to include in personal rituals.
Space is limited, please call to register: Julia D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801

Light Up a Life Candle Lighting Ceremonies:
Wednesday, December 4, at 4:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.
This is a Light Up a Life 2019 event
Hospice of Humboldt understands the benefit of passing ritual milestones during the period of grieving. One way to remember and honor your loved one is to attend our annual community remembrance ceremony.  Both of the Light Up a Life  Candlelighting Ceremonies are free to anyone in the community who would like to remember a loved one, regardless of Hospice of Humboldt’s involvement. Pictures and small mementos of your loved one can be placed on the ceremonial altar during the ceremony. All items will be returned to the owner at the end of the ceremony.  We invite you to gather with your friends and family to hear music and words of comfort and light a candle to the life that has meant so much to you.

Creative Arts Gathering  Grief and the Soul
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Deep loss can shake us to the bone. Death can make us question our own existence, our meaning and purpose, our very soul. That part of ourselves that is beyond definition or even awareness, our very essence, grieves alongside our heart and mind. We will make room to attend to our soul and the mystery and healing that rests there.
Space is limited, please call to register: Julia D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801