Grief is a natural result of loss. It is the normal process that occurs after a person has experienced the death of a person significant to them. Hospice offers a variety of programs to help you learn new strategies to move forward and to connect with other people who are grieving.
Informal Support Groups
Those who have recently experienced the death of someone significant are invited to attend the Grief Chat for the Recently Bereaved. This group offers a flexible format where bereaved individuals can connect with others who have experienced a loss. Daytime and evening program times are available.
Adult Grief Recovery Groups
Adult Grief Recovery Groups are for those who have experienced the death of a loved one at least three to six months before the start of a group. The groups are a multi-week series led by knowledgeable facilitators at Hospice.
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 learning and examines some of the more complex aspects of grief and recovery. Finding identity, new relationships, and identifying 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 knowledgeable facilitators.
Children and Teen Support
Children’s Grief Group
The children’s grief group is an eight-week program. This group supports children aged 6-12 who have experienced the death of someone close to them to understand and manage their feelings and behaviours around grief. Children connect with other children who are grieving and share feelings and experiences. A parent group meets at the same time to discuss issues related to children’s grief experiences. The children’s group and the parents’ group are led by knowledgeable facilitators.
Children’s Monthly Grief Check-In
Children who have completed the eight-week Children’s Grief Group are welcome to attend this after school program. Knowledgeable facilitators use a wide range of expressive arts activities to support children to be honest with their feelings because of grief.
Teen Grief Support
Hospice supports teens aged 13-17 explore the impact of grief caused by death. In order to meet the immediate needs of teens Hospice may arrange one-to-one support or small group support as appropriate. Hospice staff may also help teens link with other community supports.
Specialized Support Groups
The Bereaved Parent Support Group is a monthly group for all parents regardless of the age or circumstance of the child’s death. The Suicide Survivors Group is a structured support program for individuals as they navigate the changes in their life following a suicide.
The Gentle Exercise program runs on Fridays at 1pm for those wishing to participate in easy, gentle exercises that everyone can do. Other wellness programs are offered periodically depending on interest and need. Please refer to this website page for up-to-date information or contact us with your ideas.
Hospice Peterborough has a lending library with books, videos and music; staff can also suggest reputable web resources to answer your questions, including our own informational booklets on various topics. From time to time we also host public education events. You are always welcome to call, drop-in or email us with questions about hospice palliative care and grief.
Learn More, Registration and Referral
To learn more about our programs and services, to register or make a self-referral, please contact us. Whether you are seriously ill or are caring for someone who is seriously ill, Hospice staff are here to help connect you with the support you need. Remember, you are not alone.