Losing someone you love is painful. After a significant loss, you may experience many emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt. Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never end.
We have a number of ways to help you through this difficult transition, including support groups and counselling sessions. Our bereavement support is geared to adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or other close family member or friend. We are not able to provide counselling for child or infant loss.
Grief and Bereavement Virtual Support Group
The grief journey uniquely affects our physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual well-being. It becomes more manageable and meaningful when shared with others who understand its challenge. This program provides group support in a safe and nurturing environment. Group members may share feelings of loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping, and begin to integrate this change into their lives in order to move forward. While participating in a virtual support group via ZOOM will lack the intimacy of sitting together, research suggests that people adjust to the format quite quickly.
Early Days Grief Group (4 sessions)
For those who have lost a loved one within the last 3 months. This group runs every other month, and is led by two highly skilled volunteers. The group is designed for those who are new to grief and unsure of what is “normal” and what can be expected. This group will provide resources and supportive discussions to help mourners normalize those early days.
Individual Bereavement Support
Circle of Care offers short-term bereavement support (6-8 sessions) to adults requesting individual support as they adjust to the death of someone dear to them. The client will be asked to select goals they wish to focus on during this term of service.
Bereavement Support Volunteers
Bereavement support volunteers offer emotional and practical support to bereaved clients as they work through the grieving process. During the pandemic, these volunteers are offering support by phone/video chat. Our volunteers are all Hospice Palliative Care Ontario-trained with at least 30 hours of intensive training. They are then given additional training in how to provide bereavement support to our clients.
After someone completes one of our 8 week Bereavement Support groups, they often choose to attend our Caring Café. This group is held online on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30-3:00. At these sessions, the participants discuss the challenges and progress of their grief journey. Before each session, a discussion topic is chosen and an article of interest is emailed to them.
To register for bereavement support, whether group or individual, please contact our Case Manager, Charlotte Koven at 416-635-2860 ext 271 or email@example.com.