Group supports are 8 weeks in length.
The Survivors of Suicide Group and the Homicide Loss Support Group are continuous groups and you may join at any time.
All groups require a brief intake assessment via telephone call. This process is used to determine group placement and readiness.
Unless otherwise noted, all support groups take place at our bereavement centre at #200 - 2150 Scarth St.
Pre-registration is required for all groups. For more information or to register please call Connie at 306-523-2781.
Adult Grief Group
Each week we gather to learn more about our grief and travel a journey as unique as our fingerprints. Each session begins as one group for a time of learning and discussion followed by breakout sessions into smaller groups. Group members can be at any point in their grief journey.
Adult Grief Group for Older Adults
This daytime group is aimed at supporting older adults (age 60+) through their journey of grief due to the death of a loved one. Each week we gather to learn more about how our grief is affecting us as well as learning new ways of coping with our losses.
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
The grief following a death loss to suicide is particularly difficult and is often more intense and complex. We invite you to join a supportive group where those affected by suicide can share their thoughts and feelings and offer one another support in a confidential setting. This group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Homicide Loss Support Group
Facing the death of a loved one is never easy, but when murder occurs, pain, anger and grief are compounded by the realization a precious life was taken intentionally. We invite you to join this group where you will find support, education and encouragement in a confidential setting. Meetings take place the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Traumatic Loss Group
A sudden, accidental, unexpected or traumatic death shatters the world as we know it and often times leaves us feeling shaken, unsure, vulnerable and alone. During this group support we will look at a variety of topics including what to do when you didn't get to say goodbye, talking about your loss, 'if only' and more.
Missing Person Loss Group
When a loved one goes missing the uncertainty of what happened leaves the family searching for answers and fluctuating between hope and hopelessness. This loss may be known as missing person's loss or ambiguous loss
In partnership with the province's Ministry of Justice and as part of our commitment to supporting the families of missing persons, we currently provide specialized individual and group counselling for our Missing Pesons Initiative at no charge. We have also taken our commitment to the next level and can bring our counselling and support services to you if needed.
Our Missing Persons Support Group provides comfort and support to families in a confidential setting where you will learn helpful coping skills to reduce anxiety and build resiliency to deal with the uncertainty that comes from the grief of a loved one gone missing.
Yoga for Grief
Please join us for the gentle practice of restorative yoga, calming breath work and iRest Yoga Nidra meditation. The poses are designed to softly reopen your body where grief has closed it. The breath practices calm the nervous system and cleanse the mine. iRest relaxes you and gives you the tools and the stamina to be with this intense experience with as much ease and grace as possible. This class is open to those with all levels of experience or none a all. Yoga mats are provided.
Art therapy is a creative method of self-expression and places its focus on the creative process, various art materials and the art product within a safe and therapeutic environment. It engages the senses beyond the use of words and helps people externalize their thoughts and feelings. Art therapy is not an art class and no specific skills are required.
Hope for the Holidays
The holidays are never easy but when you're grieving, the holiday season may seem even more stressful and overwhelming.
There are ways to cultivate serenity and peace during the holiday season. We invite you to join us for an evening of reflection, music and support to help you through this challenging time. This annual event takes place on the first Thursday each December. Join us on December 7, 2017 at St. Marks Parish and fill yourself with hope for the holidays.