Adult Bereavement Program
The Adult Bereavement Program provides support to address the unique grief and bereavement needs of those within our community. Our groups are designed to establish a fellowship for the bereaved, creating opportunities for mutual support, providing education on grief and bereavement and exploring the resiliency and strength within all of us to cope with loss.
- Bereavement Mutual Peer Support Groups are available to anyone in our community, regardless of the cause of death. Our groups are separated into types of relationships: Bereaved Parents, Spousal Loss and Family Loss. Each group is 8 weeks long, meets once a week, and is facilitated by trained professionals and volunteers. Stories and feelings are shared in a safe environment, education on grief and coping strategies is provided, memorizing activities and rituals are all interwoven throughout our groups to support individuals in their grief journey.
- 8 Critical Questions is an educational group based on Alan Wolfelt’s book “8 Critical Questions” open to all individuals regardless of cause of death or relationship to the deceased (mixed loss). Each group is 8 weeks long, meets once a week, but participants are not required to commit to attending all 8 sessions, they come to any of the 8 weeks in any order. Although not a requirement for enrollment, participants can check out the book from our Lending Library for free.
- Caregiving for a Grieving Child is an educational group for any adult in Sarnia-Lambton who is supporting a child/youth grieving the death of a significant person. Each group is 6 weeks long and runs concurrently with the Caring Hearts Children’s Program ages 6-9 and 10-13 groups. Groups have a curriculum that focuses on grief responses of children and youth based on developmental stages, ways to support a grieving child and managing your own grief and self-care. This group is done in collaboration with the Caring Hearts Children’s Program.
- Bereaved Drop In is held twice a month for continued peer support and opportunity for grief expression. This group is open to individuals who have completed one of our bereavement support groups. We know that grief doesn’t end just because your 8-week support group has completed, so we offer continued support through our drop-in program.
- Specialized Groups are offered to support the unique needs of grief and bereavement and our community. These groups are organized on the resources available and will vary. Past groups have included Walking with Grief, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Group, and Suicide Loss Support Groups.