Grieving the death of a loved one? You're not alone

November 16, 2017

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Grieving the death of a loved one? You're not alone

People of all ages, races, religions and economic status will go through bereavement at some point in their lives. It affects everyone differently; some are able to work through it on their own while others need support to make it through. Whichever way you deal with grief, know that you are not alone.

The first ever annual National Bereavement Day will be observed on Nov. 21 in Canada thanks to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

The association is hoping that Canadians will reflect on their relationships past and present and think about those who have passed away. The association also advocates for additional supports both at the provincial and national level for grieving Canadians.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) also believes in supporting those grieving the death of loved ones. Palliative Care Bereavement Services offers a number of programs and supports, such as: individual and family counselling, a support group, a family retreat, a support group specifically for perinatal and neonatal loss, sharing circles and more support groups through the Four Directions Primary Health Care Clinic as well as follow-up telephone support.

"No one should ever have to be alone in a time of such profound grief. These programs offer a variety of options to individuals and families so that they can travel along their grief journey together. Support is such a critical piece in the healing process,” said Marlene Jackson, volunteer and bereavement co-ordinator.

"Support doesn’t need to be formal. If you know someone who is bereaved, try offering specific support like child care so they can have time alone or offer to cook a meal for that person or family.”

There are also a number of websites that offer advice and tools on bereavement and grief. Canadian Virtual Hospice is an excellent Canadian website to explore to learn more about grief and loss and for support, find it at : http://www.virtualhospice.ca

 What's Your Grief? offers practical examples of how to offer support, find it at: whatsyourgrief.com

If you have a grieving child, go to www.kidsgrief.ca , which is launching Nov 21. The website gives parents, guardians and other primary caregivers tools to support a child to grieve in a healthy way. It's also a great tool for teachers and health providers who parents turn to during difficult times.

"The RQHR is also very privileged to partner with Regina Palliative Care Inc. This organization provides mental health support to the people of Saskatchewan when they are overcome with grief and heartache, regardless of their type of loss. You can find out more about their programs and services at their website  www.rpci.org,” added Jackson.

For more information about RQHR bereavement support, contact Jackson at marlene.jackson@rqhealth.ca

 
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