Grief Support Groups

Please be advised that all in person Hospice PEI grief support groups have been cancelled until further notice due to precautions surrounding COVID-19. 

For more information on how to access grief support during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the grief support coordinator for your area.

Queens

Julie Higdon

902-368-4064 

Toll free - 1-844-954-7433

griefsupport@hospicepei.ca

East & West Prince

Liz Parsons

902-438-4231 

Toll free - 1-844-954-7433

eastprince@hospicepei.ca

Grief & Isolation

Grief is a profoundly isolating experience that may be magnified for many people during the current crisis. Our trained grief support volunteers are available for phone support to help you manage this emotionally complex time.

 

Many people manage their grief in healthy ways by keeping busy with outside activities and social events. When they are ready, they can spend more time alone to process their grief. The current situation may have pushed you into an isolation that means you must confront your grief earlier that you were prepared for. Having a grief support volunteer can help by providing a listening ear, someone you don’t need to protect or reassure that ‘you’re ok’, someone who will keep the conversation confidential, someone who cares.

 

When you have lost a spouse or family member who lived with you, your house itself can be a painful place where their absence is most powerful. The current requirement to stay home may be especially difficult without the opportunity to leave those empty spaces that remind you of your loss. Grief support volunteers understand the loneliness you are feeling, the hardship of finding a new normal, and especially of finding a way to make your home a place of comfort again.

 

The COVID-19 emergency may trigger anxiety about death, of your vulnerable loved ones and your own mortality. Thoughts about death may also bring back grief for the people you have lost in the past but perhaps hadn’t thought about for a long time, or had felt you had “gotten over”. These fears and feelings are natural and can be eased by conversation with a grief support volunteer who knows that grief and loss can spread across your thoughts in distressing ways.

 

Grief Support Toll-Free: 1-844-954-7433 (1-844-95GRIEF)

Hospice PEI is hosting on-going facilitated grief and grieving support groups for all Islanders – family, extended family, friends – anyone who has experienced loss. There will be monthly talks on topics of interest and refreshments will be served.

East Prince

When: 1st Thursday of every month

Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Where: Prince County Hospital (Malpeque Room)

For more information, please contact Liz Parsons at 902-438-4231, toll-free at 1-844-954-7433 (1-844-95GRIEF), or eastprince@hospicepei.ca.

Queens

When: 3rd Thursday of every month

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Where: Provincial Palliative Care Centre, 93 Murchison Lane, Charlottetown

For more information, please contact Blanche Ward at 902-368-4347 or Julie Higdon at 902-368-4064, toll-free at 1-844-954-7433 (1-844-95GRIEF), or email griefsupport@hospicepei.ca.

West Prince

For more information on West Prince grief support services, please contact Liz Parsons at

902-438-4231, toll-free at 1-844-954-7433 (1-844-95GRIEF), or email eastprince@hospicepei.ca.

Grief Resources

Helping Yourself Heal During The Holiday Season from GriefWords

Tips On Coping With The Holidays from Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

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