While often used interchangeably, the terms do have different meanings. Bereavement is the state of loss. Grief is the emotional component of loss. Losing someone you love can be painful, often leaving us to experience difficult and surprising emotions. Although there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are ways to cope with pain. Your Madrona Hospice Greif and Bereavement team come alongside those who have lost a loved one by providing education, support and resources. We are available to assist with all stages of grief and support is offered free of charge.

Madrona Hospice staff is available to assist you and your loved ones in your time of loss. Our care staff provides support for up to 13 months after the death of a loved one, helping you and your family navigate this difficult time in your lives.


Grief is a multifaceted, sometimes extremely emotional, reaction after a loss. When you grieve, it is part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. Each of us grieves in our own way and begins to feel the loss lighten at our own pace. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. It is common to experience the following symptoms when grieving.

Anger • Disbelief • Fear • Guilt • Physical Symptoms • Sadness • Shock


Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. How long bereavement lasts varies between each individual as each of us takes our own journey through grief and healing. Bereavement care is an essential component of hospice care that includes anticipating grief reactions and providing ongoing support for the bereaved over a period of 13 months.

Madrona Hospice is available to assist you and your loved ones through this time of need.