Find Healing Support on Life's Journey


Adult Grief Support
Youth Grief Support
Holiday Grief Support Bereavement & Spiritual
Counseling Team


Adult Grief Support

Find Healing Support When You Miss a Loved One

Participating in grief education classes and individual or group counseling helps the healing process. While no two people grieve in exactly the same way, for many survivors, a crucial part of the healing process is the support and sense of connection they feel by sharing their grief with others.

  • Get free grief counseling, support and education, available for anyone grieving or anticipating the death of a loved one.
  • Come and share or just listen.
  • Find support, hope and comfort in a safe and confidential setting.

How do you know if grief counseling is right for you?

  • Some wonder if they can survive in the world without their spouse, partner, parent, child or friend.
  • Some come for support because they want to know what is "normal" in grief.
  • Some come when their world feels shattered and out of control.
  • Some come when tragedy strikes suddenly through suicide, homicide or fatal accidents.
  • Some come because they need someone to listen.
  • Others come with questions they want answers to:
    – What did it mean to have this person in my life?
    – How will this affect the rest of my life?
    – How can I find happiness in the future while remembering my loved one?

We are here for you. Call (808) 969-1733 or email to schedule an appointment.

Adult Bereavement Support Groups

  • Grief Touches Everyone – Community Presentation-Hilo February 25, 2017, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Call to Register.
  • Ongoing Daytime Drop-in Grief Support Group
    Every Tuesday of each month, 10:30a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Hospice of Hilo Community Center.

Unless otherwise noted, our support groups are offered at no charge and are open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Hospice families are offered individual counseling and/or group support for one year following the death of a loved one. Individual counseling and support group services are also offered to anyone in the community who has experienced loss. Please note, groups are subject to change. Please call 969-1733 to verify time and location.

Click HERE for complete 2017 Community Grief Support Calendar


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Youth Grief Support

Healing Young Hearts.
Offering healing for every child who has lost a loved one.

Grief is a normal response to death and loss. Within every child and adult there is a natural ability to respond to great loss. Each person chooses his/her individual path for expressing grief. Any death is emotional and disruptive for an adult; it can be devastating for a child.

Do you know a child who needs help coping with the loss of a loved one? Hospice of Hilo's Youth Programs are here to help your child in need. Call (808) 969-1733 or email to find out more.

Upcoming Youth & Family Bereavement Services

Click HERE for complete 2017 Youth Grief Support Calendar

Holiday Grief Support

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The holidays are often a difficult time for those who are bereaved and coping with loss. A common question asked by those mourning a loved one or struggling to make sense of other losses is, "How can I get through the holidays?" There is no single answer of what one should or shouldn't do. Hospice Foundation of America offers one guiding principle: do what is comfortable.

The key to coping with grief during the holidays is to find the way that is right for you. Some people find it helpful to be with family and friends, emphasizing the familiar. Others may wish to avoid old traditions and try something different. Others will find new ways to acknowledge the season.

Some suggestions for coping:

  • Plan for the approaching holidays. This might be a difficult time for you. The additional stress may affect you emotionally, cognitively, and physically; this is a normal reaction. Be prepared.
  • Recognize that the holidays might not be the same. Expecting everything to seem the same might lead to disappointment. Doing things a bit differently can acknowledge the change while preserving continuity with the past.
  • Be careful not to isolate yourself. It's all right to take time for yourself but don't cut yourself off from the support of family and friends.
  • The holidays may affect other family members. Talk over your plans and share your feelings. Respect other's choices and needs, and compromise if necessary.
  • Avoid additional stress. Decide what you really want to do, and what can be avoided.

Grief and the Holiday Season Workshop: Wednesday, November 15th, 5:00-6:30pm
Come together in a safe and supportive setting to learn coping strategies for the holidays.

Hospice of Hilo offers on-going support to all who have experienced loss. Individual and group support is available, for more information call 969-1733.

Bereavement & Spiritual Counseling Team


Cathy Hough
Community Bereavement Counselor

Cathy has been working as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospices – here and on the Mainland- for 10 years. She has a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and is the Assistant Minister for the Center for Spiritual Living, East Hawai'i. Cathy finds her work very fulfilling and is constantly amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit.


Anjali Kala, MSSA, LISW
Bereavement Counselor

Anjali is excited to be a part of the Hospice of Hilo team.  Anjali  moved here from Cleveland, Ohio, where she has worked in the mental health field in various clinical settings.  She has a Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University. She finds counseling a rewarding experience and hopes to make a difference with individuals and families at Hospice of Hilo.


Fujio Sato, LCSW
Children's Bereavement Counselor

Fujio is so happy to be a part of the Hospice of Hilo team. Originally from Japan, Fujio studied puppetry and enjoyed performing. In 1986, she moved to Chicago where she received her BSW and MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois. She utilizes her Art Therapy background to have a meaningful and positive impact on our community.






Rebekah Bernard, MA
Spiritual Counselor

Rebekah feels blessed to be working for Hospice of Hilo and to be part of the interdisciplinary team.  She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and also completed her Graduate internship through Hospice of Hilo.  Rebekah has been a student of interdisciplinary spirituality for over a decade and has extensive education and experience with meditation and other forms of self-care.  Rebekah finds her work rewarding and continues to be inspired by the human capacity to love.







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