905.599.HOPE (4673)


Heartache2Hope offers support to suicide loss grievers in Halton and surrounding communities. Flavia Ceschin, who recognized the unique needs of individuals grieving a suicide death and the lack of community-based supportive resources, founded Heartache2Hope in 2014. A group of dedicated volunteers, including Peggy McGillicuddy, Nina Menrai and Bev Wilson, helped Heartache2Hope officially open its doors in August 2014.

Our goals are to break the isolation of suicide loss grievers, to meet their special needs in healing from this loss, and to offer education that increases public awareness and understanding of suicide loss. Professionals who are trained in traumatic bereavement associated with suicide loss lead the supportive and educational programming with the help of specially trained volunteers.

It has now been almost 4 years that we have been actively supporting suicide loss grievers and improving our program.

During this time

  • more than 70 individuals have participated in our 12-week Closed Support Groups
  • attendance in our Open Groups exceeds 350;
  • we have provided over 290 hours of Individual Grief Support;
  •  we have provided 3 trainings for Halton Victim Services Volunteers,
  • one community educational seminar on Grief Dreams and
  • our first Annual Survivor Day Event.

Our future goals include community education, volunteer recruitment and expansion of supportive services. We have accomplished all this as a predominantly volunteer-run organization.

Some Heartache2Hope Highlights include:



November 22

First Event

H2H hosts its first annual Suicide Loss Survivor Day Event.
September 9

Granted Charitable Status

Granted Charitable Status in under 3 months.
May 22

Awarded a Grant

Awarded a grant from Halton Region Community Investment Fund
October 22


Became an incorporated nonprofit organization
February 22


H2H provides its first training to 19 Halton Regional Police Services VSU Volunteers.
January 22

Twice Monthly Open Group

H2H offers twice monthly Open Group sessions at the Burlington Baptist Church.
May 18

Launched our website

Began a 6-Week Pilot, Closed, Young Adult Group.
August 17


Officially opened our doors.


What Our Clients Say...

“I feel better able to deal with what has happened.”

“Still working on it but have come along way. At the beginning I was not sure I could continue after my son’s death. Thanks to [Heartache2Hope], I feel like I can survive this.”

“Surviving a suicide is a very unique kind of grief. As a family, we attend therapy sessions with a Therapist who provides general grief counseling. While both types of therapy are beneficial, I feel the support from Heartache2Hope is much more effective.”

“It helped me tremendously!”


Heartache2Hope does not provide crisis counseling. If you are in a suicide crisis and need immediate help, please do one of the following:

  • Call 911 or visit your local emergency room
  • Contact the Oakville Distress Centre at 905-849-4541

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