Programs & Services: Chatham-Kent

Bereavement Support

Bereavement Support

Bereavement Support includes one to one volunteer bereavement support and our eight week facilitated grief support group.

VON Geranium House is dedicated to the provision of compassionate care and support to individuals facing a life threatening illness and to promoting a coordinated interdisciplinary program of supportive and hospice palliative care in the community.

How does the grief support group work? 

Each week, you have a chance to talk about your own grief experience and listen to the experience of others. By sharing our stories, we explore the events, thoughts and feelings associated with the death in our family. This can be a powerful part of the healing process for many bereaved people

Participating in a grief support group may: 

  • provide a safe space for you to explore your grief in whatever way makes sense for you
  • reduce your sense of isolation by providing an opportunity to connect with other bereaved people
  • normalize your experience of grief by giving you a chance to hear from and share with others who are going through something similar
  • give you information, skills, knowledge & coping strategies to assist you in learning how to live with your grief

Who makes referrals and how?

Referrals can originate from healthcare professionals, community agencies, or family and friends. Call the program coordinator at 226-830-0802 or fax information to our confidential fax at 519-352-2466. The person being referred must consent to the referral.

What happens after a referral is made?

You will receive a telephone call from a VON Geranium House staff member to complete the referral information.