RESOURCES ON GRIEF & LOSS
Bereavement Centre - McGill School of Social Work
Estelle Hopmeyer – Tel.: (514) 398-7067
The Centre for Grief and Bereavement has an open population, with support groups for loss; pregnancy and birth, sibling or spouse, family survivors of suicide, and other presenting needs.
Bereavement Support Groups offered by the Argyle Institute of Human Relations. They offer an 8-week general grief support group for adults and a young adult grief support group on Monday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Cost $25 per session.
Canadian National Association for the Widowed
Bereavement Support Groups
1310 Green Ave., Suite 730
Westmount, Que. H3Z 2B2
(514) 934-0280 – Trudy Friedman
Centre for Reproductive Loss is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1992 by health care professionals. It was established in order to respond compassionately to the emotional, spiritual, and psychological distress of individuals and families affected by such loss as miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, adoption, infertility, and sterility.
Kathleen Gray – (514) 486-6708
From Death to New Life – a Christian view of grief
A group workshop series is offered for people suffering a significant loss, such as the death of a loved one, divorce or a major change in life: “From Death to New Life: A Christian View of Loss” Practical tools for working through bereavement will be presented in talks, reflections and discussions, led by Deacon Richard Boileau, with more than 10 years experience assisting people in grief, are centred on the healing power of faith, hope and love.
For information, call (514) 697-9813 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Survivors of Suicide (FSOS) is a self - help group in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, dedicated to helping those who have lost loved ones to suicide. It was founded on February 11, 1988, at the McGill School of Social Work, by four members of different families who had each lost a family member to suicide. Meetings, attended over the years by more than 3,500 people, are conducted by the members themselves.
Hope Alive Quebec
The Hope Alive Program has been specifically designed to offer healing for child abuse, neglect and/or pregnancy loss survivors. It was developed after many years of clinical work by Philip Ney, MD, FRCPC, FRANCZCP, Research Psychologist of British Colombia, Canada.
Hope and Cope is a Montreal based non-profit, psychosocial support organization for cancer patients and their families. Guided by a staff of professional social workers and approximately 250 volunteers, these caring individuals dedicate their time to helping patients and their family members through every stage of a cancer diagnosis: “Our mission is to assist people dealing with cancer and help them understand and cope with the physical, emotional and social effects of a cancer diagnosis and its treatments”. Located at the Jewish General Hospital, Hope and Cope offers an extensive number of services, free of charge, ranging from one-to-one peer counseling, self-help groups, coping skills workshops, bereavement support as well as fittings for wigs and scarves.
To learn more about the Hope & Cope services, call (514) 340-8255
This is a social and support group for widows and widowers. Contact the West Island Community Resource Centre.
The M.I.S.S. Foundation Montreal Chapter, a support group for parents whose young child has died, meets the last Monday of each month from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Hampstead. Call Dee-Dee at (514) 489-4121.
Mt. Royal Commemorative Services
Bereavement Support Groups for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one and for parents who have experienced perinatal death. Also, grief workshops for children and teens are offered.
Facilitator: Dawn Cruchet BN, Med, CT
(514) 279-7358 Workshops (1 day) for children and adults
NOVA Bereavement group offers a support group “Together Through Grief” three times a year at Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Ave. in Pointe Claire. Cost is a donation on behalf of your loved one.
Groups re: loss for adults (cost negotiable)
Tel.: (514) 697-4852
Pat is also associated with the Family Life Center (West Island) – Tel.: (514) 630-7794 (6 free sessions)
The Compassionate Friends is an international self-help, non-profit organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all bereaved parents.
The Montreal Chapter meets the first Tuesday of the month.
For information call Jane at (450) 458-3164 or Carol at (514) 331-0960
Widow to Widow Services
5500 Westbury Ave., Montreal, QC H3W 2W5
(514) 737-6551, Fax: (514) 737-3206
American Hospice Association
One Caring Place
Publishers of CareNotes and other literature that bring messages of hope and compassion to those in need.
Deeper Still – Hope for Those Who Grieve
Personal Stories and Inspirational Bible Reflections
Grief and Renewal
This site is dedicated to the belief that our personal grief can lead to our personal growth and a widening of awareness and caring for all of those around us who suffer loss.
The Centering Corporation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved.
The Grief Resources Catalog is a resource center dedicated to providing grief support products for those who may be grieving the loss of a loved one. The grief support materials found here are designed to assist those in a journey through grief; and for friends, relatives, and grief professionals who want to help someone who is experiencing grief.
Established in 1995, it is the first online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.
Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.
~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth
The heart of grief, its most difficult challenge is not “letting go” of those who have died but instead making the transition from loving in presence to loving in separation.
~ Thomas Attig
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
~ Ps 68:5
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and when you pass through the rivers, they shall not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.