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Resources: About Me

SUPPORTING SOMEONE GRIEVING

I AM GRIEVING 

CHILDREN & GRIEF

Inner Sojourn Created Resources

How Do You Help A Grieving Friend?

Holding Space - The Art of Helping

I am sure you have heard the words "holding space" but what does it truly mean? Holding space for someone is to be supportive and present, without judgment or opinion. It is something easier said than done. It means listening. Allowing the person to share their feelings and thoughts without fixing or the need to respond. It includes practicing empathy and compassion accepting someone's truths, no matter what they may be. Putting your needs and opinions aside, and allowing them to just be. And remember... it takes practice.

Empathy Vs Sympathy

Pet Loss

Inner Sojourn Created

University of Guelph Vetrinary Clinic Resources

Ontario Pet Loss

Pets at Peace
Pet Loss & Memorial Services

The Pet Loss Support Page
Canada Resources

Rainbow Bridge

AMC - Schwarzman Animal Medical Centre (US Based)

Pet Statue

Books
Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter by E.B. Bartels


Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz

The Pet Loss Companion by Dolan-Del Vecchio and Ken and Nancy Saxton-Lopez

The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies by Wallace Sife

When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D Wolfelt

For children/youth check out children grief resources  

Cummings School of Vetrinary Medicine - Pet Loss (US Based)

Pregnancy, Child & Infant Loss (Parent Supports)

The Compassionate Friends
(Peer support for the loss of a child)

Parents of Murdered Children

Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL)

Understanding Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Caring Together.Life
Support and empower parents caring for a serious ill child & those who are experiencing pregnancy or infant loss.

Family Resources

Bereaved Families of Ontario

Lighthouse
Grieving Children & Families

Multi Genre Resources

Open To Hope
Wide Range of Grief Support Information

Bereavement Ontario Network

Ontario Funeral Service
Grief Resources

Speaking Grief Documentary, Stories, Experts & Resources

Refuge in Grief

The Dinner Party
For grieving 20-, 30-, and early 40-somethings to find peer community and build lasting relationships.

Bridge - C14
Network of Peer-to-Peer Connections and Community Supports through all sages of  (Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

First Nations, Inuit and Métis 

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

Lumara - Indigenous Wellness

Toolkit containing general information and resources on grief and loss. Canada Cancer Society

Suicide Loss

Heartache 2 Hope
For Suicide Loss Survivors

Distress Centre of Greater Toronto Suicide Loss Survivor Support Program

Alliance for Hope
For Suicide Loss Survivors

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

American Association for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

American Association of Suicidology

Caregivers and Grief

The Kitchen Widow  
What 40 Steps Taught me About Love and Grief

Option B - Topics covered (Grief & Loss, Health, Illness & Injury, Abuse & Sexual Assault, Divorce & Family Challenges, Incarceration, Raising Resilient Kids, Resilience

Canadian Virtual Hospice 
Caregiving information, strategies, and suggestions for preparing for and providing care as illness advances. 

Homicide

Canada Resource Centre for Victims of Crimes

Know Your Rights
(The Victims Bill of Rights Act)

Financial Assistance

Homicide Support Group
To register
Email with "Support in Subject line" crcvc@crcvc.ca
or call 1-877-232-2610

Text & Chat Support
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm EST
Text 613-208-0747
Chat via www.crcvc.ca 

Homicide and Grieving A Survival Guide

If The Media Calls 

Victim Services (Ontario)

Parents of Murdered Children

The Compassionate Friends
Peer support for loss of a child

Victim & Witness Assistance Program (ON)

Mother's Against Drunk Driving

Office For Victims of Crime (US based)

Death Investigation - Ontario

LGBTQ2S+

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Grief Book List

General Loss
Addison Brasil - First Year of Grief Club

Ram Dass - Walking Each other Home
Megan Devine - It's OK That Your Not OK
Joan Didion - Blue Nights & Age of Magical Thinking

Hope Edelman - The After Grief
Mary-Frances O'Connor  - The Grieving Brain
Melanie Philips - Living After Loss
Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant - Option B

Francis Weller - The Wild Edge of Sorrow
Dr Alan Wolfelt - Endless list of books
Grief Recovery Handbook


Helping Bereaved
Grief Ally - Aly Bird

Child Loss
Melanie Delorme - After The Flowers Die
Kyle & Betty Mertens - Unraveled When Loss Changes                                               Everything
Brooke Noel - I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye
Gary Roe - Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child &                              Comfort for the Grieving Parent's Heart 
Theresa Anthony - Hope Springs From a Mother's                                                  Broken Heart

Nisha Zenoff - The Unspeakable Loss

Sibling Loss
Mick Mann - Surviving The Death of a Sibling

For children's books - see children's grief section

Grief and MAiD

Bridge C 14
Peer to peer and Community Supports

Virtual Hospice
Information and video

Support Through the MAiD Journey: Grief and Bereavement Resources 
Champlain Regional MAiD Network Dignity Canada

MAiD Family Support Society
Support and connection for people helping a loved one who is considering or planning for MAiD or Grieving the loss.

Grief and a MAiD Death Dying with Dignity Canada

TV Shows of Movies that Explore Death, Loss and Grief

TV Series
After Life
This Is US

Sorry For Your Loss
Six Feet Under
Pushing Daisies - Dark comedy

Big Little Lies
Kidding 
The Good Life - Comedy
Sorry For Your Loss
Go On
Euphoria - grief and addiction
Never Have I Ever - 15 yr old coping with dad's death
Fleabag
Time of Death - 8 episodes following terminally ill people as they approach EOL


TV Episodes
How I Met Your Mother - Marshall's grief of his father
One Tree Hill - Haley's grief experiences

Jane the Virgin - Jane's reaction to Michael's death
West Wing - President's Bartlet's crisis of faith after Mrs Landingham was killed by a drunk driver
Glee - Finn's death
Grey's Anatomy - Meredith explaining Derek's death to their children & Cristina's description of what happens after death
WandaVision - Wanda's grief over Vision and her brother
8 Simple Rules - Paul's death and the aftermath

Movies
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Manchester by the Sea
Ordinary People
Pieces of a Woman

Jackie
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
P.S. I Love You
The Fault in Our Stars
Ghost
A Walk to Remember
Meet Joe Black

Charlie St. Cloud
We Bought a Zoo


Children Movies About Death & Dying
Soul
Coco

 

Grief Groups

Forest Lawn Funeral Home
In Person - Free of charge

Pet Loss Support Group
Memorial Funeral Home

In Person - Free of charge

Tender Hearts - David Kessler
Online Group - Fee for use

Bereaved Families of Ontario

Clinicians Training and Resources

The Center for Prolonged Grief

BON Education & Resources

PESI (Courses, Educational Products)

Center for Loss & Life Transition (Wolfelt)

Canadian Virtual Hospice (Courses and Conferences)

Andrea Warnick Consulting (Education and Counselling)

David Kessler Training (Grief Educator Certification)

Authentic Happiness - Testing, education

Sick Kid, Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health (Children's grief and bereavement certificate program)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Liana Lowenstein - Child Trauma Therapist (Resources, Articles & more)

OTHER RESOURCES FOR IMMEDIATE HELP 

Crisis Services Canada

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Kid's Help Line
24-hour crisis line: 1-800-688-6868

In Canada TEXT "CONNECT" to 686868

OR

Call 911

OR

Go To Your Nearest Emergency Department

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