Programs

Connect Today to Start the Healing Process

Our grief peer support programs and memorial events support more than 2100 people in their grief journey every year. We help and support people in Ottawa who are experiencing grief that stems from many different types of losses.

Our programs are currently being offered virtually, and our memorial events are held in person as well as virtually.

Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of religion, culture, ethnicity, physical ability or gender. Call the office for more information, or to find out which programs are best for you.

Suggested donations are appreciated.

On the first Tuesday of every month, from 7 to 9 pm, we welcome a guest speaker and then break out into peer support groups for loss of child, loss of spouse/partner, loss of parent, sibling, relative or friend, or loss by suicide. Suggested donations of $25 per session are appreciated.

Join us for our next monthly Support and Share Night on Tuesday June 7

Our guest speaker is Ian Henderson. He will be speaking about 'Common Questions Grievers Ask'. 

How long will grief last? Am I grieving properly? How do I process my grief? 

Through the answers to these questions, Ian gives us a better understanding of the natural process of bereavement.

Before joining, please review the attached documents about how to participate in a Zoom call, our virtual disclaimer and Etiquette guidelines.
Visit our Youtube channel to watch videos of our past speakers.

Join us each Wednesday from 12 to 1:30 pm for a socially distant walk with others, along the Ottawa River and behind Parliament.  Sign up begins at 11:50 am in the lobby of the Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue. 

Suggested donations of $10 per session are appreciated.

People who feel they could benefit from some virtual peer support over video conferencing will want to participate. This group is open to all different types of losses and takes place every Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm. Register here before 11 a.m. each Thursday. Suggested donations of $15 per session are appreciated.

Before joining, please review the attached documents about how to participate in a Zoom call, our virtual disclaimer and Etiquette guidelines.

Closed groups are held twice a year in the Spring and Fall.

These groups run weekly for 8 sessions with the same group of participants. Together with trained facilitators, they discuss different topics each week. These groups allow for a deeper exploration of grief.

Suggested donations of $25 per weekly sessions are appreciated.

An 8 week attendence commitment is required. Group size is limited. Priority is given to people who've attended our other support group programs.

5 Groups are offered specific to type of loss:

Loss of child
Loss of parent
Loss of spouse/partner
Loss of family & friend
Loss by suicide

Spring registration is closed.

Check back in a couple weeks to indicate your interest in a Fall group.

Expressive art therapy is a form of working through bereavement. It explores & gives expression to the challenging feelings of grief. This is NOT an art class. There is no requirement to be artistic.

The same group of participants meet weekly for 6 weeks. An attendance commitment is required.

Priority is given to people who have attended our previous support groups.

Our Spring 2022 group is now full.

Check our website in August 2022 for details of the Fall group registration.

Types of Losses

Loss of Child

Participants and facilitators who take part in our programs have lost children of different ages and by different causes. They are all united in sharing the indescribable pain associated with losing their child. By sharing their stories, as well as the courage and strength they’ve gained through their grief journey, our facilitators and participants help guide each other through their bereavement. Loss of child peer support groups are available through our monthly Support and Share Nights as well as closed groups offered in the Spring and Fall.

Loss of Spouse or Partner

Losing a spouse or partner can feel like losing a piece of yourself. No longer having your partner there through the ups and downs of life can be scary and lonely. We have many participants and trained facilitators who have each gone through the loss of a spouse or partner. By sharing our stories of loss, we support one another with friendship, compassion, and understanding. Loss of spouse or partner peer support groups are available through our monthly Support and Share Nights as well as closed groups offered in the Spring and Fall.

Loss of Parent, Sibling, Relative, or Friend

They each play many different roles in our lives. They may be mentors, dear friends, or an irreplaceable branch of our family tree. We use the life experience of our trained facilitators and participants who have lost a parent, relative, sibling, or friend to help us work through the worst parts of our grief. Loss of a parent, sibling, relative, or friend peers supports groups are available through our monthly Support and Share Nights as well as seasonally closed groups.

Loss by Suicide

Loss by suicide can be traumatic and devastating. In addition to losing a loved one, it can be difficult to deal with the stigma often associated with such a loss. Our facilitators who have experienced loss by suicide provide an environment of trust and understanding, where participants share their stories and support each other. Our monthly Support and Share Night includes a peer support group for loss by suicide. We also offer a loss by suicide Closed Group.