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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 one 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 two 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, and healthy and unhealthy belief systems are some of the areas explored. Level three 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 seven 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 and storytelling to journey through grief. Having opportunities to be with other teens who are grieving is also an important part 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 an eight 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 to discuss issues around the grief experience. 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 eight week Children’s Grief Group. 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 (4:30pm to 6pm) will use a wide range of expressive arts 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

This is an informal lunch group held on the first and third Friday of each month. The lunch offers grievers an opportunity to be together and find companionship on the journey. Hospice provides a light lunch accompanied by 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.

Grief Chat for the Recently Bereaved

This is an informal evening group held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The group offers grievers an opportunity to be together and find companionship on the journey. Hospice provides light refreshments accompanied by 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 gentle physical exercise and 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 and the sharing of each other’s grief is valued.

Please contact Hospice if interested in attending.

Suicide Survivors Group

This group will provide individuals with information and support as they navigate the changes in their life following their loss experience. Session will involve informational handouts and discussion about an aspect of suicide loss, such as stigma, the neurobiology of suicide and tools for coping with grief after suicide. For more information about this group please contact Hospice at 705-742-4042.