|Read Lessons from Grief, an Article by David Kennedy, Bereavement Coordinator, Hospice Peterborough.|
Adult Grief Recovery Groups
Hospice offers three levels of grief recovery programs. Grief recovery level 1 is a 10 week group experience offered three times a year. This group offers a safe place to share and express feelings and experiences and to move forward through grief. Level II is a 12 week program that continues the journey and examines some of the more complex aspects of grief and recovery. Finding identity, new relationships, healthy and unhealthy belief systems, are some of the areas explored. Level III is an informal once a month group that offers ongoing support and encouragement. All groups are led by competent trained facilitators.
Teen Grief Support Group
Hospice offers a 7 week program for teens that allows them to explore the impact of grief in their life. This safe program uses a variety of creative activities such as music, story telling and many others, in order to journey the grief. Having opportunities to be with other teens who are grieving is also an important party of the journey. This group is facilitated by Hospice staff and trained volunteers. This program is run throughout the year as needed.
Children’s Grief Group
The children’s grief group is a 8 week program for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. This group helps children to understand and manage their feelings and behaviours around grief. It allows children to connect with other children who are grieving, and to share feelings and experiences. There is also a parent group that meets at the same time, and to discuss issues around the grief experience. Both the children’s group and the parents group are facilitated by Hospice staff and trained volunteers.
Children’s Monthly Grief Group:
This is an after school monthly meeting for children who have completed the 8 week Children’s Grief Program. This group is to provide ongoing support for grief and to continue to build the relationships that developed with other children. There is no sign up for this group but you will be contacted to remind you of when the group meets. This hour and a half program (4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.) will use a wide range of expressive arts and activities to assist children to be honest with their feelings and struggles with grief as they find their place in the everyday activities of life. Children are free to attend whenever they feel the need to do so.
Lunch For The Recently Bereaved
There is an informal lunch group held on the first and third Fridays of each month which offers grievers an opportunity to be together with others and to find companionship on this journey. Hospice provides a light lunch and then there is discussion around some aspect of grief that is practical and relevant to the grief experience. This often provides a first connection to Hospice and introduces people to the various programs available.
Walking With Hope
This program is open to all who are bereaved and is designed to provide a walk at a pace that is appropriate for each person participating. Hospice Volunteers lead this walk and provide a listening ear or simple companionship. Walking with Hope offers both gentle physical exercise as well as emotional support for your journey. For more information about this seasonal group please contact Hospice at 705-742-4042.
Bereaved Parent Support Group
This group is offered on the last Wednesday of every month excluding July and August. It is open to all parents who have had a child die regardless of the age of the child at death or circumstance of the death. This is a non judgmental, safe, confidential place to explore the life changing impact of this on parents. This group is facilitated by a Hospice Staff, but is meant to be a peer support where the uniqueness of each person’s grief is honoured but the sharing of each other’s grief is valued.
Please contact Hospice if interested in attending.