The healing process is a different one for each individual. The programs we deliver are designed to help families deal with all aspects of grieving. We offer a variety of opportunities for guidance, education and support.
These drop-in meetings offer a safe and supportive environment where bereaved parents are given the opportunity to discuss feelings with other bereaved parents who truly understand. The meeting begins with a short presentation pertaining to the challenges of grief and then moves to small group discussion format. Held on the second (2nd) Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Bereaved Families office, 571 Wharncliffe Rd S. (Lower Level) London.
Bereaved mothers meet in a safe environment to discuss and share their feelings. Meetings begin with a short welcome and then move to a group discussion.
Held on the fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. (location: 571 Wharncliffe Road South, London – Lower Level)
Bereaved fathers meet in a safe environment to discuss and share their feelings. Meetings begin with a short welcome and then move to a group discussion.
Held on the fourth (4th) Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. (location: 571 Wharncliffe Road South, London – Main Level)
Grief Support Groups
Small groups (6-8 parents) gather for six consecutive weeks to remember, reflect and share experiences with other bereaved parents of similar circumstances. Trained facilitators, themselves bereaved parents, help guide the discussion.
One to One Support
Speak directly to one of our “veteran” bereaved parents. Either face to face or over the phone, our trained volunteers will listen to you as you express your feelings and can offer some insight from their own personal experience.
Miscarriage Support Workshops
Miscarriages, while remarkably common, are rarely talked about, leaving parents feeling isolated, alone and often misunderstood. This workshop provides opportunities to share experiences, seek reassurance and validation as well as meet others who are facing the same disappointments and concerns. These groups are facilitated by a health care professional.
Young People’s Workshops
This workshop is designed to support young people ages 14-19 who have experienced the death of a brother, sister or parent. Each group consists of 5-8 participants all who are given opportunities for input into planning the workshop. These workshops aim to help youth with their grief by giving them an opportunity to express themselves through discussion, music, art activities, sharing keepsakes and photos etc. in a safe, confidential environment with other young grievers. These groups are facilitated by a health care professional.
Children’s Grief Support Groups
This group, for children ages 7-13 who have experienced the death of a brother, sister or parent, is designed to support and encourage the unique needs of young grieving children. Through discussion, play and art activities children are able to understand their experiences of death and loss and connect with each other in a supportive, safe and nurturing atmosphere. Each group consists of 5-7 participants and is facilitated by health care professionals.
An extensive collection of materials relating to a variety of subjects is available to all family members and the community. We can offer some advice as to which books might be useful for each particular situation.
Over 900 families receive our newsletter each month. It contains articles, stories, poems, upcoming program and event information as well as the names of the children who we are remembering that month. If you would like to receive the newsletter, either by mail or e-mail, contact Cathy Howe at 519-686-1573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.