Loss and Grief or Life-Threatening Illness

When someone you love has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, is dying, or has died, it can feel like a part of you is being ripped away. Instead of hiding your feelings and trying to be “strong”, it can really help to talk to someone. There’s nothing wrong with looking for extra help to get through this tough time.

RGA Psychological and Counselling Services
http://www.rgapsych.com

Diverse group of experienced practitioners * provide short and long term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families from ages 4 and up *a variety of group therapy interests are also represented. Issues that are treated include:
*anxiety
*depression
*relationships
* adjustment to illness or injury
* trauma
* anger management
* Cognitive Behaviioural Therapy (CBT)
* family and marital relationships
* mediation
* separation and divorce
* meditation
* personality problems
* substance abuse

The Space Within
http://www.thespacewithin.ca

Grief support and mindfulness based cognitive therapy for individuals, couples and groups * Community of therapists, counselors, a naturopathic doctor, an acupuncturist and massage therapist

Family Services Perth-Huron
http://www.familyservicesperth-huron.ca

Compassionate care and support * trained volunteers * information and support to individuals with life threatening conditions * family support * community awareness * ensure spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical support * bereavement support is provided for anyone who has experienced a death of a loved one

Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth
http://www.victim-services.com

On-site early intervention and crisis intervention * safety planning * referrals to community services * enhanced support for vulnerable victims * assistance with applications to VQRP

Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) — immediate assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including emergency home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, dependent care costs, counselling, cellular phones, vision care, crime scene cleanup, and funeral expenses * additional assistance for victims of human trafficking include replacement of government documents, storage locker, dental, tattoo removal, and treatment at a recovery facility * no direct reimbursement to victims

Satellite offices at: Hanover Police * Owen Sound Police * South Bruce OPP * Grey County OPP * Bruce Peninsula OPP * Saugeen Shores Police * West Grey Police * Blue Mountain OPP * Cape Croker * Perth County OPP * Stratford CMHA

Victim Services of Huron County
http://www.victimserviceshuron.ca

On-site early intervention and crisis intervention * safety planning * referrals to community services * provision of cellular telephones for eligible victims * system navigation for vulnerable victims

Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) — immediate assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including emergency home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, dependent care costs, counselling, cellular phones, vision care, crime scene cleanup, and funeral expenses * no direct reimbursement to victims

Wellspring Stratford Cancer Support Centre
http://wellspringstratford.ca

Support centre for those affected by cancer, their caregivers and loved ones. Programs may include: Gentle Yoga * Relaxation Therapy * Meditation * Nutrition Workshops * Reiki * Expressive Art * The Healing Journey program * Look Good Feel Better * Resource centre and lending library

North Perth Community Hospice
http://www.northperthcommunityhospice.org

Network of volunteers and professionals supporting individuals and families faced with life threatening illness, death and bereavement * hospice services include: Visiting Volunteer Support – emotional, physical and spiritual support in the home, hospital or nursing home * bereavement support for children and adults individually or in a group setting * liaise with other support agencies to advocate for patient care

Volunteers should call or visit website for details

Huron Hospice Volunteer Service
http://www.huronhospice.ca

Qualified volunteer teams provide emotional and spiritual support to individuals with life threatening and terminal illnesses and their families * Volunteers are specially trained in hospice/palliative care and bereavement support * grief counselling * anticipatory grief support * monthly cancer support group for individuals and their families * emotional support, respite care, spiritual support, social work services, volunteer care teams, cancer support groups * SOS Survivors of Suicide

Rainbows Huron is a peer based, group support program (not therapy or counselling) run at area schools for children and youth who have suffered a significant loss in their lives * provides an opportunity to meet with peers of the same age who have shared similar experiences * learn to deal with their feelings, to understand their grief, regain self esteem and come to a healthy acceptance of what has taken place in their lives

ConnexOntario Health Services Information
http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca

Confidential telephone, chat, and email information and referral and listening service providing detailed descriptions of mental health services and supports in Ontario, including how to access them

  • information about community-based counselling services and supports
  • strategies to meet goals
  • support
  • basic mental illness education

Web chat with information and referral specialist available * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

Advocates with and provides programs and services for people with mental disorders * enhance, maintain and promote the mental health of all individuals

Services include: community support programs including case management, concurrent disorders and court support services, peer support programs, family support programs, education, volunteering and supported housing program

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca