Grief & Healing

Grief is natural after a death has occurred; however, when it is accompanied by a prolonged inability to sleep, lack of appetite, desire to do anything or an inability to concentrate some people feel the need for additional support and guidance. This section will provide contact information for trained professionals in your area that can assist you in finding the support that is right for you.

Bereavement Support (Alberta Health Services)
These articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief as well as information about local support groups.

Hospice Bereavement Support
In-house bereavement support at the Red Deer Hospice for residents and their loved ones, as well as outreach community programs for individuals who may need extra support as they work through the loss of a loved one.

Understanding Grief (Canadian Mental Health Association)
Information to help understand grief and provide resources to help you and your loved ones.

Suicide Services - Bereavement Support (Canadian Mental Health Association)
The experience of a suicide related loss is often quite isolating because of the stigma that is attached to this type of death. The Suicide Bereavement Support program offers a variety of services.

Rainbows Canada
Rainbows is an international not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.

SIDS Calgary Society
This web site offers information and support to the parents, families, friends, and health care professionals of a baby whose death was classified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Grieving in the Workplace: Coping With Loss (Alberta Government)
Many kinds of loss can affect your performance at work or that of your colleagues: divorce, retirement, job loss, failure of a project and so on. This tip sheet focuses on grief following the loss of a loved one

Getting Through the Holidays
During the holidays it seems that the whole world is caught up with parties and fun. At this time of year those who grieve may only be aware of the terrible hole in their heart and in their lives.

The Compassionate Friends
Grief support for families after the death of a child. 

WidowNet
Established in 1995, it is the first online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.

Helping Children with Grief
To help children address their grief, we are able to provide a complimentary copy of the Sesame Street “When Families Grieve” kit. This includes a DVD, a guide for parents and caregivers, plus a children’s storybook. Please speak with one of our Licensed Funeral Directors to request your personal copy of the grief kit.

Hope Anchors - Grief Support Gift Boxes
Hope Anchors offers gift boxes that are filled with locally sourced items of encouragement for someone experiencing a loss of a family member or friend, miscarriage, or infertility. These are meant as a resource for those looking to support a friend or family member walking through these difficult experiences – something to say, “You are loved. I have not forgotten about you.”


 

Dr. Alan Wolfelt - Noted Grief Specialist

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator and practicing grief counselor. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado and presents dozens of grief-related workshops each year across North America.