Grief is not a problem to be cured.
It is simply a statement that you have loved someone.
In our hearts, we all know that death is a part of life.
However, dealing with death is not easy, no matter how prepared we might be.
Grief is so powerful that people sometimes look for ways to go around it rather than experience it. This approach will not work. The best thing you can do for yourself is to work through grief and express your feelings.
Dr. Bill Webster of the Centre for the Grief Journey believes that “Grieving people need to talk and for that to happen someone has to be willing to listen.” For this reason, finding a support group is most helpful for many people. The purpose of a support group is to give you a sense that you are not alone in your sorrow.
- Canadian Virtual Hospice – Mygrief.ca (includes modules on suicide, pregnancy and infant loss, MAiD, supporting someone with intellectual disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ communities)
- Good Grief (support groups)
- Canadian Virtual Hospice – Kidsgrief.ca
- Canadian Virtual Hospice – Youthgrief.ca
- Children’s Grief Foundation – Childrensgrieffoundation.org/resources
DEATH OF A CHILD
- Compassionate Friends https://www.compassionatefriends.org/
- Soaring Spirits – https://soaringspirits.ca/ (connecting widowed people through support groups and activities)
SUICIDE SURVIVOR SUPPORT
AUTISM AND GRIEF
- A Network of Peer-to-Peer Connections and Community Supports Through All Stages of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) https://www.bridgec14.org/
Memorial Activities You Can Do At Home
Write a poem or a message to share on a virtual dove. See our Memorial Wall of Memories here. Upload your message here. It may take a few days for it to show up on the wall because it is done manually.
Butterfly colouring pages to download and print:
Share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a scan or photo of your butterflies for our Virtual Memorial Wall of Memories.