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Grief Support

Whether feeling the recent loss of a loved one, having intense feelings of loss resurface, or just needing a safe place where you can join together to talk and connect, we have supports available to help. Our Fall 2020 groups will all be online (with the exception of Grief Healing with Horses). Information is below. To register please email griefwalk@lakesidechurch.ca.

Wednesday Mixed Loss Grief Support Group

Wednesdays from 7-8:15pm beginning Oct. 14

Join us in a safe and confidential online space to connect and talk about our grief. We use a peer-to-peer-based approach with two trained support facilitators. It is a place you can join to connect with others who are grieving a death and talk about thoughts and feelings, while also learning coping strategies. This group is for adults over the age of 18. It will run for 9 consecutive weeks on Zoom from Oct. 14 – Dec. 9. Instructions on how to connect are easy and will be provided upon registration. There is no charge for this group.

Thursday Mixed Loss Grief Support Group

Thursdays from 7-8:15pm beginning Oct. 15

Join us in a safe and confidential online space to connect and talk about our grief. We use a peer-to-peer-based approach with two trained support facilitators. It is a place you can join to connect with others who are grieving a death and talk about thoughts and feelings, while also learning coping strategies. This group is for adults over the age of 18. It will run for 9 consecutive weeks on Zoom from Oct. 15 – Dec. 10. Instructions on how to connect are easy and will be provided upon registration. There is no charge for this group.

1:1 Virtual Grief Companioning

If you are over the age of 18 and have experienced the recent loss of a loved one (spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend etc), you will be matched 1-1 with a trained volunteer grief companion who will offer you support either over the phone or through video conferencing. Please note, we are not therapists, counsellors or mental health professionals. We offer a peer-based support to walk this leg of the journey with you. You are not alone; we are here to help. This is a free service.

Loss through Drug Overdose

Wednesdays, bi-weekly from 7-8:15pm beginning Oct. 14

This group is for those who have lost a loved one from a drug overdose. It is a place you can join to connect with others who are grieving a similar death and talk about thoughts and feelings, while also learning coping strategies. This group is for adults over the age of 18 and will be led by two trained support facilitators. It will run bi-weekly from Oct. 14 – Dec. 23 and will include a “Coping with the Holidays” segment. Instructions on how to connect through Zoom are easy and will be provided upon registration. There is no charge for this group.

Healing with Horses

Tuesdays from 2-3:30pm, beginning Oct. 13

It’s been shown that horses can help in the grief healing process. Equine therapy is a useful tool in managing the emotions around loss. This is an in-person group (safe and socially distanced) that runs from Oct. 13 – Nov. 3. The cost for this group is $120. Tea and snacks provided. Space is limited.

*We value your privacy, and in all our groups we strive to create a safe and comfortable place to share. No online sessions/groups will ever be recorded.

To inquire about any of the above groups and supports, or to register please email griefwalk@lakesidechurch.ca or call 519-836-8141 ext 237.