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416 Community Support for Women Invites You To: Grief & Bereavement

Explore and engage in meaningful discussion, education and advocacy related to dying, death and grief. This workshop is led by nurse psychotherapist, educator and thanatologist Andrea Warnick. This event is open to the public – men and women.

When: Thursday, February 19th at 2:45 p.m.

Where: 40 Oak Street, Toronto, in the Rogers Room. Please RSVP to Elena at elena.s@416community.com or 416 964-6936 Ext. 222 or visit us online.

SUDEP Aware

Group Name: SUDEP Aware (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy)

Description: SUDEP Aware is a Canadian charity dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), with the ultimate goal of finding its cause(s) and prevention. SUDEP Aware was co-founded in 2008 by Tamzin Jeffs, who lost her sister to SUDEP and lives with epilepsy, and paediatric neurologist/SUDEP researcher Dr Elizabeth Donner at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Whilst SUDEP Aware does not have an official support meetings, we do have families who prefer us to introduce them to others who have also lost a loved one to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). This we try and do by matching as closely as possible to familial relationship to, and age of, the deceased, as well as geographic location.

Where: Suite 350, 283 Danforth Avenue | Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Contact: Tamzin Jeffs 416-556-8770 | 1-855-85-SUDEP (78337) | info@sudepaware.org | www.sudepaware.org

Perinatal Bereavement Services Ontario

Group Name: Perinatal Bereavement Services Ontario

Description: This is a non-profit, charitable organization that supports and serves as an educational resource to:

  • Offer support to parents who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, medical termination, stillbirth or neonatal death, through phone support or group meetings.
  • Educate the public and involved health care professionals by teaching, seminars, workshops and consultation.
  • Provide resource material for parents and health workers.

Where: 3228 South Service Road, Suite 103 | Burlington, ON L7N 3H8

When: Twice monthly meetings at several locations at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Call for details. Groups are run by trained bereaved parent facilitators. They are open to bereaved parents only, at any time after a death. All services are free (except for special prenatal classes).

Contact: 905-472-1807 | pbso@pbso.ca

Humphrey Miles Funeral Home – Grief Support

Group Name: Humphrey Miles Funeral Home – Living is for Today (LIFT)

Description: For over 135 years, Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel has celebrated life with the people of Toronto, and is proud to have been part of this wonderful city for four generations.

Participating in a group can be a source of support for someone facing the grief that follows death. There are no easy answers, but the sharing of common experiences and concerns can help the bereaved discover new strengths and insights which can aid in the recovery process. Finding support and encouragement may ease the pain and struggle. Please call us for information on the times and locations of our programs.

Where: Humphrey Funeral Homes-A.W. Miles Chapel | 1403 Bayview Avenue | Toronto, ON M4G 3A8

When: Meetings are held once a week, either in the evening or afternoon. Registration is required. Call the main office to register. The sessions are open to the public and are non-sectarian. If requested, referral can be made to therapists.

Contact: 416-485-6415 | 416-385-8885 Ext. 22 | bsce@humphreymiles.com | www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com

Dying With Dignity

Group Name: Dying With Dignity

Description: Dying With Dignity is a registered charitable society whose mission is to improve the quality of dying for all Canadians in accordance with their own wishes, values and beliefs.
To accomplish this they:

  • Educate Canadians about their rights to determine and choose health care options at the end of life.
  • Provide client support and advocacy services to those who request them.
  • Build public support for legal change to permit voluntary, physician-assisted dying.
  • Provide Living Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney for Personal Care and other advance health care directives to the public and work toward their legal recognition throughout Canada.

There are no support groups offered. Personal support enquiries can be sent to Anya.

Where: 802-55 Eglinton Avenue East | Toronto, ON M4P 1G8

Contact: 416-486-3998 | 1-800-495-6156 | info@dyingwithdignity.ca | anya@dyingwithdignity.ca | www.dyingwithdignity.ca

Turner & Porter – Bereavement Support

Group Name: Turner & Porter – Bereavement Support

Description: Turner & Porter is a funeral service firm in Ontario, trusted by approximately 2,500 families every year. We are honoured and consider it a privilege more families turn to us in their time of sorrow, having confidence in our long tradition of service that is compassionate, attentive, correct to the smallest detail, and completely guaranteed.

At Turner & Porter, we understand that following a funeral, there is still so much to do. We are pleased to assist with the following Healing Resources. C.O.P.E.S. (Community of People Extending Support) is a six-week program that provides an outlet for people who have experienced the death of someone near to them. After a significant loss, people often feel isolated. The first days of sympathy quickly fade as life goes on for those less affected by the death. Some seem to expect the person should “be strong”, and that life should go back to normal. This support group offers a combination of education and interaction creates an atmosphere in which grief is validated; where people can normalize their reactions, which they have felt abnormal. In the supportive environment of a group, people feel understood. Their grief is given legitimacy. They find out it is okay to feel the way they do. They learn that grief is a natural reaction to loss.COPES is committed to supporting the community through the volunteering efforts of their staff on issues of death and bereavement.

Where: Turner and Porter Community Awareness Centre | 2333 Bloor Street West | Toronto, ON M6S 1P4

When: Series of six week meetings spring and fall in Mississauga and Etobicoke. Call for further details.

Contact: 416-767-6793 | www.turnerporter.ca

Alliance Hospice – Support & Bereavement Services

Group Name: Alliance Hospice – Support & Bereavement Services

Description: Alliance Hospice is dedicated to supporting people dealing with advanced illness, death, and bereavement. In the client’s home and community, our volunteers and staff provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support in collaboration with family caregivers, health care providers, and community support agencies. Our services are offered at no cost to the client.

Our primary goal is to help to make difficult life passages both manageable and meaningful for people facing life-threatening illnesses, end-of-life, or bereavement. *** Where we serve: Toronto from Steeles Avenue to the Toronto Islands, between Victoria Park and the Humber River (excluding the old City of York).

Support & Bereavement Services:
Bereavement care is provided through individual counseling, group sessions, and volunteer support. The Hospice maintains a grief and bereavement lending library, also accessible to the community. Our support & bereavement services include:

  • bereavement support volunteers
  • individual counseling
  • anticipatory grief support
  • annual celebration of hope and remembrance

Where: 201-29 Gervais Dr. | Toronto ON M3C 1Y9

When: Eight-week support groups, held in the evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for people who have lost a spouse/partner or a parent. Ongoing widow/widowers support group, held alternate Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There is no fee for their groups.

Contact: Sandra Lewis 416-447-7244 Ext. 823 | www.alliancehospice.ca

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