Adult Bereavement Program
The Adult Bereavement Program provides support to address the unique grief and bereavement needs of those within our community. Our groups are designed to establish a fellowship for the bereaved, creating opportunities for mutual support, providing education on grief and bereavement and exploring the resiliency and strength within all of us to cope with loss.
- Bereavement Mutual Peer Support Groups are available to anyone in our community, regardless of the cause of death. Our groups are separated into types of relationships: Bereaved Parents, Spousal Loss and Family Loss. Each group is 8 weeks long, meets once a week, and is facilitated by trained professionals and volunteers. Stories and feelings are shared in a safe environment, education on grief and coping strategies is provided, memorizing activities and rituals are all interwoven throughout our groups to support individuals in their grief journey.
- Bereaved Drop In is held twice a month for continued peer support and opportunity for grief expression. This group is open to individuals who have completed one of our bereavement support groups. We know that grief doesn’t end just because your 8-week support group has completed, so we offer continued support through our drop-in program.
- Bereavement Walking Group is an opportunity to meet and walk with others who have lost a loved one. Guided by St. Joseph's Hospice staff and volunteers, join a group of other grievers on a scenic 2.5 km route in Canatara Park.
Person-centered counselling is provided by a qualified professional specializing in grief and bereavement. We offer a safe place to name and express feelings and reactions associated with grief and loss. Individuals in our community who have experienced the death of a significant person can receive up to six (6) counselling sessions. Our programs are open to all types of losses, regardless of relations to the deceased or cause of death.
At this time, we have exceeded our capacity for the program and have had to temporarily put a hold on adding additional names of those 18+ to our counselling wait list. If you or someone you know is reaching out for support, our staff will assist in navigating where in the community you may be able to access one-to-one counselling services from our community partners.