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Grief is a normal response to loss. The pain caused by a death can affect every part of your life. You might feel all kinds of unexpected and difficult emotions and even notice physical symptoms. Grief can affect how you think. You might experience changes in your behaviour or in your spiritual beliefs.

Grief is unique to everyone.

You might also be caring for other people in your life — children, aging parents, another adult — as you are coping with your own emotions. 

Hospice Niagara offers programs and workshops for people who are grieving a death. Grief support helps people feel less alone, gives voice to their grief and provides helpful strategies to promote healing. You don’t have to do this alone. We are here to help you. All our programs and workshops are offered at no cost to our Niagara community.

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I learned to feel my emotions, and I learned to release them."
-Gina, client
Grief Workshops

Grief workshops for adults focus on specific topics. Workshops are free of cost, but registration is required. Once you register, you will receive instructions on how to join.

 What is Grief?

What is Grief?

“Is this normal? Is this what grief feels like?”

Here’s a chance to learn about grief, ask some general questions and hear about all the programs and workshops we offer to help children, teenagers and adults explore feelings of grief and loss in a safe and supportive space.

Held on the first Thursday of each month.

Presenter: Melissa Penner, bereavement specialist

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A Healing Journey through Grief

The experience of grief is sometimes described as a journey through the wilderness. After a death, we may feel lost, overwhelmed and alone in a strange and unknown place.

Together, as we weave a story with healing images, explore and engage your imagination to promote well-being and relaxation.

Presenter: Geoff Straw, psychosocial bereavement counsellor

Third Tuesday of every month.

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A Healing Journey through Grief
Music to Ease our Pain

Music to Ease our Pain

Our connection to music is deep and powerful. In grief, music can decrease anxiety, communicate feelings, and promote healing.

Join our music therapist as we listen to music together, reflect and discover how music can help while grieving a death of someone in your life.

Presenter: Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, music therapist

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Through the Lens of Grief

A camera points both ways — towards the scene being photographed, and towards the person behind the camera. In taking a photograph, we also learn something about ourselves.

Often we can’t see what our emotions are telling us, or we feel trapped and isolated in our feelings. Using a camera or a cell phone, explore how photography can help us express ourselves and our grief, while feeling connected to the people who remain forever in our hearts.

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Through the Lens of Grief
Supporting Kids with Grief

Supporting Kids with Grief

Virtual workshop

Kids grieve differently than adults. In fact, sometimes their inner turmoil can be misunderstood or invisible even to people who know them well.

When children and youth need a break from the intensity of grief, they may play or hang out with friends. Adults in their life may perceive that they are ‘fine’ or ‘coping well.’

Kids need to know they are not alone. Support can make all the difference.

This workshop is for parents, family and anyone who wants to better understand how to help kids in grief.

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Art Expressions

Art can often be a safe and creative way to explore feelings of grief.

Using materials found at home, we create a simple art project together while exploring inner resilience to get through difficult times.

No previous art experience is needed.

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Art Expressions
Grief Programs

Grief programs help adults explore feelings of grief and loss in a safe and supportive space, over several sessions. Work your way towards healing in a healthy way.

The first step to participating in a grief support program, is to fill out a Program Referral Form.

Program Referral Form

Grief Circle

Grief Circle

An eight-week peer support program. 

Share the story of your grief at your own pace in a safe and supportive space, with others who understand from personal experience too. Understand the myths and facts about grief and learn healthy coping skills that will help you move towards healing.

Living with Grief Series

A monthly, 11-session series for people who have completed the Grief Circle. 

Gain a deeper understanding of grief and healing by exploring topics such as: loneliness, building a support network, emotions, meditation, and gratitude.

Participate for up to six months. 

Last Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Living with Grief Series
Grief Walk

Grief Walk  

Walk and talk with people who are themselves on a personal grief journey. Walk at a leisurely pace for about a half hour, then go for coffee and conversation. 

Join at any time on your grief journey and participate for a maximum of 13 months. 

Grief Walk (St. Catharines-North) – Weekly on Tuesday morning

Grief Walk (Thorold) – Weekly on Monday Morning

Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the Grief Walk will be temporarily paused, but please fill out the referral section below and we willl contact you when it begins again.

Mindfulness Hike

Connect with nature, embrace solitude, and be mindful of the sights, sounds and smells around you.

Spending time in nature has many rejuvenating benefits for the mind, body and spirit. 

Hikes will be 8 -10 km on trails across the Niagara Region with moderate to difficult intensity.

Please note: Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, the Mindfulness Hike will be temporarily paused, but please fill out the referral section below and we will contact you when it begins again.

Mindfulness Hike
Bereavement Peer Support

Bereavement Peer Support

One-on-one support and companionship from a trained volunteer. 

While volunteers do not provide formal counselling, they are good listeners and have received training in the skills needed to provide emotional support.


Participate in a program

The first step to participating in a grief support program, is to fill out a Program Referral Form.

If you would like more information, please call our main number at 905-984-8766 or email info@hospiceniagara.ca. Mention that you are interested in an Adult Grief Program and we will make sure you are directed to the right person.

Program Referral Form

Grief Support