Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the children’s family member diagnosed with an advanced serious illness need to be in hospice to attend the group?

Your family member does not need to be on hospice to participate in Pathways. Pathways is here to support your family after the diagnosis of an advanced serious illness (late stage cancer, ALS, and advanced neurological disease) through that journey. Your family member can continue to seek treatments, medical care, and maintain hope. Families have shared that having support earlier on the path helps with anxiety and not feeling so alone.

Do we have to wait long before we can attend a Pathways group?

The Pathways Coordinator will discuss the group with you and send forms to complete prior to attending the group. Once the forms are received by the coordinator, your family can participate in the next Pathways group that meets.

What do you offer for a young adult who has a family member living with an advanced serious illness?

A Pathways young adult support group is not available at this time. Young adults who have a family member living with an advanced serious illness are invited to attend the adult caregiver group. Contact the Pathways Coordinator at 503-775-5683 or to determine if Pathways could be a possible support for you.

Does Dougy Center have additional Pathways resources?

Yes, the Pathways Coordinator has additional resources that your family may find helpful. Some of these resources can be found here. As Dougy Center offers peer support groups, but not counseling services, referrals to therapists specializing in support through serious illness are available upon request.