Crisis lines and distress centres
Crisis Services of Waterloo Region: 519-744-1813
Distress Centre (Waterloo Region): 519-745-1166
Support groups & counselors
Suicide bereavement group (for anyone who has been affected by suicide)
Healing little hearts (for children ages 3 – 6 who have been affected by the death of someone they knew. This includes a support group for adults helping these kids through their grief process.)
The COPING center has programs for people or all ages starting from 4 years old and on-wards. The COPING center was formed by Glenn and Roslyn Crichton after the death of their 5 year old daughter, Rachele.
These groups are local to Waterloo, Ontario. If you do not live in this area I would encourage you to do a Google search to find a bereavement support group near you.
It’s My Turn movement is a blogging and video movement, to give those who live with mental illness an opportunity to tell their stories, to know that they’re are NOT alone, and to reduce the shame or stigma surrounding mental illness.
Survivor, and Death benefits (Canada)
Has your spouse or common-law partner passed away? If so, you may be eligible for a Death Benefit to help with funeral expenses. You may also qualify for a Survivor’s Pension, and your children (if applicable) may be eligible for a Children’s Benefit. To learn more, click here to visit the Service Canada website.
Employee Assistance Program (E.A.P.)
If you are employed, I highly recommend asking your Human Resource department if they have an Employee Assistance Program. If so, your benefits may cover you to receive highly confidential counseling for you and your family, and may be able to send you useful links and other resources. If your place of business does not currently have an Employee Assistance Program, you can recommend your H/R department contact Health Canada for information on how to get set up.
Naturopathic doctors (I recommend Dr. Aviad Elgez of ADARA clinic in the Toronto area)
Homeopathic doctors (I recommend Dr. Natalie Lauzon of Cambridge Homeopathy in the tri-cities)
Books & Articles
When families grieve, Sesame workshop (Includes a children’s book, DVD, and resources for adults. Discusses the death of a parent, and covers topics such as medical deaths, suicide, and men killed in combat. This resource may sometimes be given out at funeral homes, and bereavement offices/support groups.)
After A Parent’s Suicide, by Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T. (This book was written by a lady who lost her mother to suicide when she was four. She not only shares her personal story, but also did research on a number of children who, at various ages, lost a parent to suicide. This book is a compilation of their stories, and also includes important facts and myth busters. This is an important read for any parent who longs to better understand the effects loss, especially loss by suicide, has on a child who is suicide bereaved.)
Ecclesiastes, The Bible (Discusses there being a time for everything)
Surprised by Hope, by N.T. Wright (“Rethinking heaven, the resurrection, and the mission of the Church)
Videos and Ted.com talks
Bonneville (a movie about scattering)
When love is not enough – the Lois Wilson story (a true story about additions, and the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon)
Amy Purdy talks about Living Beyond Limits (although this talk does not touch on death, it does talk about loss. This inspiring Ted.com talk discusses whether Purdy’s losses have disabled her, and enabled her.)