Peer Support Services (January 2024 - June 2024)

As humans, we will all experience grief and loss. However, today’s fast-paced and highly fragmented society has often been dubbed “grief illiterate”. Peer support has been shown to foster adaptation to loss and to assist in combating isolation for bereaved. Bereaved Families of Ontario-Southwest is dedicated to bereavement support through self-help, mutual aid, and education.

Below is a list of our current peer support programs. Please note: we do not provide crisis support or therapy. Our facilitators are trained peer support volunteers who have experienced loss themselves, and can offer compassion, empathy, and a listening ear. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can share their experiences and feelings. If you need immediate crisis support, please call Reach Out at 519-433-2023.

 

Adult Sibling Loss Peer Support Group (Virtual)

Dates: Every 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Via Zoom
Ages 18+

This free peer support group involves a community where individuals who have experienced the death of a sibling can connect, share their grief, and find understanding among others who have gone through similar experiences. Facilitated by trained peer support volunteers, these groups offer a non-judgmental space for participants to express their emotions, memories, and challenges associated with the loss of an adult sibling. The focus is on fostering empathy, active listening, and shared coping strategies, providing a supportive network for those navigating the unique aspects of grieving a sibling.

How to Register:

NEW Members: Please email [email protected] to complete a brief intake. An intake is required prior to joining our peer support groups.

Existing Members: Our Program Coordinator Elizabeth will email a sign-up form one week prior to each monthly group. Elizabeth will send the Zoom link to registrants 1-2 days prior to the group.

 

Spousal/Partner Loss Peer Support Group (Virtual)

Dates: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Location: Via Zoom
Ages 18+

This free peer support group provides a compassionate and understanding environment for individuals who have lost their spouses or partners. Led by trained volunteers, these groups provide a confidential space for participants to openly express their emotions, memories, and struggles associated with the death of a spouse. It serves as a haven where individuals can find solace, companionship, and practical support from others who have walked a similar path.

How to Register:

NEW Members: Please email [email protected] to complete a brief intake. An intake is required prior to joining our peer support groups.

Existing Members: Our Program Coordinator Elizabeth will email a sign-up form one week prior to each monthly group. Elizabeth will send the Zoom link to registrants 1-2 days prior to the group.

 

Sudden Child Loss Peer Support Group (In-person)

Dates: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: YMCA
Ages 18+

This free peer support group is specifically designed for those who have experienced the sudden loss of a child. This supportive community provides a safe space for individuals to share their stories, emotions, and struggles with others who comprehend the unique challenges associated with losing a child unexpectedly. Our aim is to foster a sense of connection and comfort as we collectively navigate the complex terrain of grief.

How to Register:

NEW Members: Please email [email protected] to complete a brief intake. An intake is required prior to joining our peer support groups.

Existing Members: Our Program Coordinator Elizabeth will email a sign-up form one week prior to each monthly group.

 

Moms Child Loss Group (In-person)

 

Date: 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: YMCA 
Ages 18+

A free, in-person, monthly peer support group for mothers who have experienced the loss of a baby or child at any age. Facilitated by trained peer support volunteers, this group offers a safe space for dialogue, mutual understanding, and healing.

How to Register:

NEW Members: Please email [email protected] to complete a brief intake. An intake is required prior to joining our peer support groups.

Existing Members: Our Program Coordinator Elizabeth will email a sign-up form one week prior to each monthly group.

 

One-to-one Peer Support for Grieving Moms

This service is available for mothers experiencing the loss of a baby or child at any age. One-to-one support can be held over the phone or in-person and is free of cost. Support is offered by trained and compassionate peer support volunteers, and is an opportunity for connection, understanding, and support. Please note this is not counselling, but an opportunity to connect with a bereaved peer. 

For more information or to register for one-to-one support, please email our Program Coordinator Elizabeth at [email protected].

 

Coming Soon

– Loss by Suicide Peer Support Group

 

Questions? Please email our Program Coordinator, Elizabeth at [email protected] or call 226.448.8123.