Gatherings & Events

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


Grief Support Group for Teens
Tuesdays, September 25 through November 13, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
The support group for teens ages 12 to 18 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 love ones teens have lost.  This free service is open to all teens in our community who may be experiencing grief due to a death.
For more information or to register, call Candace, Autumn, or Gretchen at 707-267-9801

Creative Arts Gathering  The Circular Nature of Grief
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Many experience the emotional impacts of grief in a circular or spiraling fashion. The intensity of emotions ebb and flow, the phases of healing come and go. Many of us feel as if we are right back where we were before when this happens. It is more likely that we are on familiar ground but in a different place. Through the creation of a wreath or spiral, we will examine this process and how best to harvest what it offers.
For more information or to register, call Julie D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Saturday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How will your family know your wishes in a health crisis? In this free workshop participants will learn 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. Registration for this free workshop is required. To register, please call 707-445-8443.

Heart of Hospice Path Dedication
Saturday, November 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This free ceremony is offered as part of our annual Light Up a Life season.
Join us in commemorating engraved bricks that form the memorial Heart of Hospice path, winding from the Ida Emmerson Hospice House to the Chapel in the Redwoods.  Honor someone you miss with a serene walk down the path and through the redwood trees.  Ceremony by the Chapel of the Redwoods includes music, blessing, and light refreshments.

For more information about having your own personalized brick on the peaceful Hospice campus, call (707) 267-9811. The next installation of commemorative bricks will be in the Fall of 2019.

Creative Arts Gathering  Redefining the Holidays
Saturday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This free workshop is offered as part of our annual Light Up a Life season.
When you are grieving, holidays are often difficult to navigate. Cultural expectations of happiness can leave those in grief feeling at odds with their surroundings and experience. We will explore broadening the definitions of and responses towards the holidays to find a more comfortable and nurturing way through them.
For more information or to register, call Julie D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801

Light Up a Life Candlelighting Ceremonies:
Wednesday, December 5, at 4:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.
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  Ritual and Release
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This workshop is offered as part of our annual Light Up a Life season.
In the work of loss and healing, ritual offers acknowledgment, release, and care of our broken-heartedness. The ritual of welcoming light back into the darkest season of the year can also serve to summon light back into our darkest moments of grief. We will offer a simple ritual as well as create a symbol of this type of healing.
For more information or to register, call Julie D. or Gretchen at 707-267-9801