Grief & Bereavement
Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) provides bereavement support following the death of a loved one for one year as well as offer Free 6 week Grief Support Groups (frequency based on interest). For more information about our groups or our bereavement program, contact the office (613)756-3045 Ext 350.
"Grief ...never ends...but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith...it is the price of love."
Grief is the normal, healthy response to different types of loss. Such losses include not only the death of a loved one, but also the loss of health, loss of a special relationship, loss of a job, loss of self-esteem and the changes that invariably take place as a result. It is the most universal of human experiences and the one for which we are least prepared.
When a loved one dies, our lives are changed forever - we are no longer the same person we were before the death and many of us need some help in navigating the painful journey after the death of a loved one. The Grief and Bereavement Program can help with this process.
What is the purpose of the Bereavement Program?
- To foster healthy emotional adjustment to loss
- To provide support and education about the grieving process
- To help individuals and families develop coping skills to deal with their loss
- To educate the community at large about grief and bereavement
How does MVHPC provide Bereavement Follow Up?
- Staff and trained volunteers will contact family during the first year following the death.
- Two annual events to honour the memories of loved ones who died will be held in;
- July - Memorial Butterfly Release
- November - Coping with the holidays and grief
- 6 Week Grief Support Group, offered 2-3 times a year
Pamphlets are available with helpful information about the grieving process and can be made available to anyone who requests either by email or phone or in person.
Visit www.kidsgrief.ca , www.speakinggrief.org , www.mygrief.ca
websites for more information as a resource for all families.