top of page
Resources: About Me




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

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

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

Information Manuals Created by Jenifer Freedy psychotherapist

When Your Friend Dies By Suicide

How to Support Your Child After A Friend Dies by Suicide


Canadian Virtual Hospice

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. 


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"
or call 1-877-232-2610

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

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

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 & The Year 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

Ambiguous Loss
 Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss

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

Nisha Zenoff - The Unspeakable Loss
Grieving Dads: To The Bring and Back by Kelly Farley

Sibling Loss
Surviving The Death of a Sibling by T.J. Wray

Sudden Loss
I wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye by Brooke Noel & Pamela Blair

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

​Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Canada: Key Multidisciplinary Perspectives by Jaro Kotalik (Author), David W. Shannon (Editor)

This is Assisted Dying by Dr Stefanie Green

The Last Doctor: Lessons in Living from the Front Lines of Medical Assistance in Dying by Jean Marmoreo, Johanna Schneller

The Many Faces of MAiD:
What to Expect When Someone You Know Chooses Medical Assistance in Dying by Cynthia Clarke & Carol Cram


Podcasts, Documentary, and YouTube Channels About Grief

What's Your Grief

Refuge in Grief
Podcast with Megan Devine

The Grief Gang

All There Is 
Podcast with Anderson Cooper on his journey through grief

The Grief Channel
A YouTube dedicated to normalizing conversations around grief, death and dying.

We Don't Move On From Grief.
We move forward with it.

Ted Talk with Nora McInerny

Grief Stories 

Grief Out Loud
Podcast by The Dougy Center

Speaking Grief


Grief is a Sneaky B!tch
Available on Apple & Spotify

Terrible Thanks for Asking

Grief Club: The Podcast with Addison Brasil
Available on Apple & Spotify

The Mindfulness & Grief Podcast

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
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
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

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

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

Charlie St. Cloud
We Bought a Zoo

Children Movies About Death & Dying


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)


Crisis Services Canada

Screen Shot 2022-01-09 at 3.54.30 PM.png

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

In Canada TEXT "CONNECT" to 686868


Call 911


Go To Your Nearest Emergency Department

bottom of page