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Grief Support Program

Providing support and companionship as you grieve

Grieving can be overwhelming. Grief support is an important part of the healing process after a death in the family, loss of a loved one, or in anticipation of the expected death of a loved one.

At Hospice Northwest Services, we understand the grief you are feeling can include powerful emotions, and we are here to listen and to support you. Our grief and bereavement services are available at no charge in Thunder Bay and in the regional communities.

View our regional map to see all the communities that we serve.

At Hospice Northwest Services we:

  • recognize the uniqueness of your grief journey
  • provide you with genuine compassion and support
  • refrain from imposing our own spiritual or philosophical beliefs
  • help you find useful community resources that will help support your bereavement process

Our facilitators, volunteers and staff are here to provide support and companionship as you grieve, while respecting your privacy and security at all times.

Available Grief Support Programs

Our grief and bereavement support includes compassionate one-to-one peer support, as well as grief support groups led by trained facilitators, typically a social worker or therapist in the community. We do not offer individual counselling, but can help connect you with Counselling Resources in the community.

Attending the grief group was a huge step for me. I have spent my whole life looking after everyone else… taking actions to look out for myself is a step in the right direction.

-- Hearts & Hope Client

Woman hugging a dog in comfort

One-to-One Grief Support Program

The One-to-One Grief Program is a three-month program during which you will be paired with a trained grief and bereavement volunteer. You'll meet once a week, either virtually, over the phone, or in person, and get emotional, social, and spiritual assistance while grieving your loss.

Hearts and Hope Grief Support Group

Hearts and Hope is a five week grief support group that provides people who are grieving with the opportunity to talk about their experiences and feelings in a safe, respectful, and confidential atmosphere. Participants will learn coping techniques as well as an understanding of their grief experience, and they will be encouraged to show compassion for themselves and others in a helpful environment. All services are offered free of charge to our clients.

Holding Hands | Grief Support
Youth sitting in a circle during a grief workshop.

Help Us Understand Grief (HUUG)

Do you know a child who is grieving? The HUUG program can help.

This program provides children with the tools and resources they need to process their grief after a loved one has died

Receive Grief Support

Anyone grieving the death of a loved one is eligible for support, providing their needs can be met with the services we offer and they consent to receiving services from Hospice Northwest Services. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving grief support, you can complete this online service request form

Circle of Friends Grief Support Group

Circle of Friends Grief Workshops

Our Circle of Friends Program is comprised of monthly workshops from September – June. Each month a workshop is delivered on various topics with the goal to normalize grief and provide supports. Topics range from Indigenous Stories of Grief and Loss, Coping with Suicide Loss, Pet Loss, etc. Please contact Jessica Bruce, Grief Program Coordinator at (807) 626-5570 x 5580 for more information.

Grief Resources

At Hospice Northwest Services, we are also available to help connect you with further supports in our community.

I had a few conversations with my volunteer, and she helped me sort out some difficult situations. I am very grateful for her support and guidance.

-- One-to-One Client

Additional Grief Support Information

For more information or to submit a referral by telephone contact Jessica, Grief Program Coordinator at 807-626-5570 (ext. 5580)