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OUR GRIEF SUPPORT SERVICES

The death of someone important to you is always difficult.  When they die by suicide, we can often feel overwhelmed and out of control. Powerful and conflicting emotions like anger, guilt, denial, shock, shame, helplessness and abandonment make us find it difficult to cope with on our own. Stigma casts a shadow over suicide deaths that may leave us feeling alone and like no one understands.

Heartache2Hope recognizes how unique and complicated the grieving process can be after a suicide death. We recognize that one better understands what you are going through than others who are grieving a suicide loss. We believe sharing our grief journey with other suicide grievers helps ease the pain. We recognize that different types of support are helpful at different times in our journey. With that in mind, we offer a variety of supportive services to respond to these changing needs.

All these services have the goal of  providing the right kind of grief support at different times in the grief journey, and offers the opportunity to give and receive support.

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Suicide Loss Closed Group

Our 12-week Closed Groups are co-facilitated by professionals and specially trained peer facilitators. Our Closed Groups:

  • provide a safe place for grieving individuals to share their experiences and feelings with others.
  • Provide education about the uniqueness of suicide loss grief and about mindfulness-based stress reduction coping strategies
  • Relieve isolation created by suicide loss for the survivors.
  • Assist with healing and reconciliation.
  • Extend hope for a positive and productive future.

When: Winter, Spring and Fall sessions each year

Where: Groups are held at the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Branch office in Oakville.

Registration is required to participate in our support groups. If you would like to register for one of our support groups, refer a client, or just need more information

Suicide Loss Open Group

We offer twice-monthly drop-in group meetings for suicide loss grievers.

When: Every other Monday evening, year-round

Where: Burlington area

Registration prior to first meeting required. If you would like to register for one of our support groups, refer a client, or just need more information

One-On-One Grief Support

Sometimes, you may not be ready for a group support experience when you first reach out to Heartache2Hope. For these times, we offer Individual grief support sessions that provide a non-judgmental and understanding environment where your experiences and feelings can be shared freely.

It can be very powerful to connect with another person who has also experienced a death due to suicide. Our peer supporters are trained volunteers who really understand what you're going through. There is also the option of grief support sessions with staff members.

Community Education

Heartache 2 Hope is available to provide. If you wish to have us speak to your organization about suicide loss grief or about our program, please contact us.

Educational Presentations – We support the community by providing education on the unique aspects of the suicide loss grieving process.

Professional Training - We provide training to professionals and organizations on topics such as traumatic bereavement, suicide loss, and grief support.

*Please contact us to access the above services.

You don ‘t have to do it alone. For survivors, there is no right or wrong way to handle grief after suicide. Sharing feelings and experiences, and giving and receiving support can help survivors cope with their grief.

Take the first step towards healing from your loss.

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!”

BREAK THE SILENCE

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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