We offer a wide range of groups and other supports to help you along your grief journey.
If you have suffered a loss, such as a parent, sibling, friend, spouse, we offer a program to help you understand your grief while providing a safe place for you to embrace your loss and find healing. We use a peer-to-peer-based approach with two trained support facilitators. It is a group 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.
Option A (in-person): Wednesdays / 7-8:30pm / Oct. 11 – Nov. 29, 2023
Option B (virtual): Thursdays / 7-8:30pm / Oct. 19 – Dec. 7, 2023
Loss of a Partner - Women
If you have lost your husband or partner, we offer a safe space to embrace your loss and find healing while connecting with other women experiencing a similar loss. This is a program to help you understand your grief using a peer-to-peer-based approach with two trained support facilitators. You can talk about your thoughts and feelings, while also learning coping strategies. This is an in-person group for women over the age of 18, held at Lakeside Church. There is no charge for this group.
Tuesdays / 6-7:30pm / Sept. 26 – Nov. 14, 2023
Loss through Drug Overdose
This group is for those who have experienced a loss through 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 trained support facilitators. There is no charge for this group.
Saturdays / 1-2:30pm / Sept. 30 – Nov. 18, 2023
Loss of a Partner - Men
This group is designed for men who have lost a loved one, perhaps a wife or partner. This program has been designed to help men understand their grief while providing a safe place to embrace their loss and find healing. We create a safe place for you to embrace your loss and find healing. Using a peer-to-peer-based approach, you will be led by trained male facilitators. It is a place where you can connect with others who are also grieving and talk about your thoughts and feelings, while also learning coping strategies. This group is for for men over the age of 18. There is no charge for this group.
Mondays / 6-7:30pm / Oct. 2 – Nov. 20, 2023
Loss of a Pet
Fridays / 5-6:30pm / Oct. 6 – Nov. 10, 2023
* Six-week session
Loss of an Adult Child
Mondays / 7-8:30pm / Oct. 16 – Dec. 4
Often those who have to absorb the loss of an infant, or a miscarriage suffer in silence. This program is to help give voice to your grief in a safe place with other women who have a similar shared experience. Using a peer-to-peer-based and holistic approach with trained support facilitators, you will learn the impacts of your loss emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Healthy coping strategies and approaches will be shared as you absorb this unique loss. This group is for women over the age of 18. There is no charge for this group.
Thursdays / 5:30-7pm / Oct. 5 – Nov. 23, 2023
Healing with Horses
It’s long been known that horses can help heal grief and emotional pain. Horses mirror feelings, attitudes, and intentions. Horses can be our greatest teacher. If you’ve tried to resolve your grief, but you’re still at a loss, you might want to join this program to find a new peace. Horse-related experience is not required. There is a fee for this six-session, in-person group. Please click the button below for more details.
Fridays / Oct. 6 – Nov. 10
Walking through the Wilderness of Grief
This group is designed for adults between 18-32 years of age. We will be taking guided nature walks in various locations in the Guelph and surrounding areas, finishing each gathering with a circle debrief to discuss our feelings of loss – and sharing strategies to work through that loss in healthy and meaningful ways. Whether loss of a loved one, loss experienced as a result of life changes or COVID-19, or loss as a general feeling of a life unanticipated or unplanned for, we will together work through the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual challenges. There is no charge for this group.
Stepping Stones: Exploring Jesus in Our Grief
This is a safe place to meet Jesus in your grief. He was no stranger to loss and pain. Join us as we explore the Bible and find Jesus in our sorrow. With His healing, and love, we can find healing, redemption, and grace, helping us heal our hurts and pain, reconcile a new life as we learn to grieve, and find our new way with Jesus.
1-1 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.
Healing through Art Expression
This is a private 1:1 program designed for people to work through their grief using art. You will meet weekly with an artist for an individually determined amount of time to find ways to express your emotions, thoughts, and anxieties through painting. Experience with art is not needed or necessary. The artist will be your guide, teacher, and coach as you work through your loss using art as your healing canvas. There is a fee for this program.