Often, the time immediately following the death of a loved one can be characterized by a range of emotions and physical reactions, often leaving family to face new challenges while dealing with intense emotion.
It is important in the grief journey that people who are bereaved, are able to openly talk about their experiences, reactions and feelings. Hospice Toronto’s Bereavement Support program offers family and friends the support that they need as they take their first steps in this journey. A dedicated pool of volunteers, working one-on-one either by phone or in person or online, can help them acknowledge the death; assist them in dealing with the more immediate tasks of living while grieving; share their pain, sadness, tears, memories, and stories; and provide insight into their experiences.
The bereavement support program supports people in the following ways;
- Short term individual sessions with a Client Services Coordinator (CSC)
- Bereavement Peer Based Support Group led by a CSC
- Volunteer one on one support calls
At the end of the support period, volunteers can also assist people who are bereaved with information and referrals to formal community bereavement groups.
For more information about our Bereavement Support program or how to volunteer in the program, please call 416-364-1666.