Who we are
Bereavement Services at Eastern Health provides care for people who are experiencing loss due to the death of a loved one.
What we do
Grievance and bereavement sessions
We offer grievance and bereavement sessions that
- are currently virtual;
- are biweekly and alternate between lunchtime and evening timeslots to better accommodate all persons seeking help; and
- explain the grievance and bereavement process, typical emotions, complicated grievance, how to access further supports and time for discussion.
No client referred to us goes more than two weeks without being offered the opportunity to attend this information session
After attending the public information session:
- some attendees discuss with a counselor whether or not they would like bi-weekly individual counseling session;
- some clients come for one to two sessions while others receive counseling for longer periods of time; and
- some clients request a follow-up individual session around certain holidays or significant anniversaries.
Grievance and bereavement support group
We offer a grievance and bereavement support group which
- consists of eight sessions offered by trained staff;
- is open to people over the age of 18 grieving the loss of a loved one; and
- requires registration to attend.
Special Public Sessions
Our special public sessions about grievance and bereavement include:
- Grieving: coping with the holidays and
- Beyond the broken heart: facing grievance and loneliness.
- Assist you in managing your grievance constructively and creatively, and to help you through your grievance process.
- Help you to acknowledge and accept the reality of your anticipated death, the dying or death of your loved one.
- Help you to self-manage your emotional, spiritual, psychological pain caused by your anticipated loss, or by the death of your loved one(s).
- Collaborate with health-care professionals and community resources to care for your needs.
- Assist you in reinvesting your energy in other relationships and activities to help you adjust to the changes in your life.
Bereavement services collaborates with several departments and programs of Eastern Health and with community agencies, such as:
- Palliative care services;
- Pastoral care and ethics;
- The Janeway Family Centre;
- Mental health and addictions;
- cancer care;
- Long-term care; and
- Community and supportive services which include family medical clinics, senior’s resource groups, faith groups, etc.
who we see
We see people over the age of 18.
How to access this service
We accept self-referrals; referral by a community health-care professional and referral by a family member or friend, with consent from the individual being referred.
All referrals must use the ch-1300 Grievance and Bereavement Referral Form Fillable (PDF).
How to reach us
Phone: 709-777-6959 or 709-777-8940
- Perinatal bereavement
- Grief and Bereavement Education Video Series — A four-part series presented by Dr. Rick Singleton, in partnership with Eastern Health’s Department of Pastoral Care, Ethics and Bereavement Services.
- Links and resources about grievance and bereavement