Bereavement Services & Groups

Grief Matters. Offering Compassionate Support for those Who have had a Loved One Die.

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim” – Vicki Harrison

Bereavement Services

Grief can be one of life’s most difficult journeys and one that you need not travel alone. McNally House Hospice can provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to share your story with others who have experienced a similar loss.  

Please contact Jennifer Jowlabar – Bereavement Clinician for the most up-to-date information regarding our bereavement programs.  Bereavement support is being offered in-person, zoom, or telephone at this time.  To contact Jennifer, email her at or call her at 905-309-4013 ext. 32.

What We Believe About Grief:

  • The deep grief experienced following a death is normal
  • Grief is a unique experience
  • Everyone possesses the capacity to heal
  • Critical to the healing process is an emotionally safe space to grieve

Goals of the McNally House Hospice Bereavement Program:

  • To provide a safe space to explore grief however works best for the individual
  • To reduce isolation by connecting with other bereaved people
  • To normalize the grief experience.
  • To nurture the resiliency of people by identifying their own inner resources and coping

What We Offer

Anyone who is coping with the death of a loved one is welcome to attend McNally House Hospice’s bereavement programs. All programs are free of charge and require registration. Below outlines the four different types of services available to you and your family.

Please contact Jennifer Jowlabar – Bereavement Clinician (905-309-4013 ext. 32)  for the most up-to-date information regarding our bereavement programs. 

Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement counselling sessions are available to individuals and families with the Bereavement Clinician, who is available to meet in the office or at the home if preferred.

Individual Volunteer Peer Support

Individuals can be matched with a bereavement volunteer who has experienced a similar loss and is trained to provide emotional support and share personal experience when appropriate.

Support Groups

Individuals can register for a support group specific to a particular type of loss. Support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. As we explore the impact of our grief, sharing our stories and being witnessed can be a powerful part of the healing process for many bereaved people.

Support Groups offered include: spousal loss, parental loss, sibling loss, child loss, etc. Please register to be on the waitlist and be notified of the start date.

Bereavement Support Groups at McNally House Hospice:

  • Are small groups of people who have experienced similar losses
  • Meet weekly to explore their grief in a confidential and supportive setting
  • Are facilitated by two peer, bereaved volunteers, who are supported by a professional Bereavement Support Clinician
  • Give you a chance to talk about your own grief experience and listen to the experiences of others

Participating in a mutual support group may:

  • Provide a safe space for you to explore your grief
  • Reduce your sense of isolation by connecting you with other bereaved people
  • Normalize your experience of grief by hearing from and sharing with others
  • Provide you with information and resources.

Wellness Programs

Group activities designed to support bereaved individuals to reduce isolation, connect with others, and promote overall wellbeing. Group activities include: walking, meditation, yoga, and other kinds of activities. Please register to be on the waitlist for a group and be notified of the start date.

Bereavement Groups

At this time, all in-person bereavement groups have been canceled in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please visit our social media pages for the most up-to-date information and for announcements regarding online groups.

All bereavement groups are free of cost and open to anyone who suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information or to register for any of the bereavement groups please contact Jennifer Jowlabar—Bereavement Support Clinician 905-309-4013 ext. 32 or at

Mixed Loss Group (In-person)

The loss of a loved can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Join our 10-week in-person  bereavement support group.  Connect with other grievers in a safe and supportive environment to share about your loved ones and discuss coping after loss. The group will be based on Wolfelt’s Understanding Your Grief. Each participant will be provided with a copy of the book along with a companion journal.

Dates: Thursdays from June 23rd to August 25th 

Time: 6 pm-8 pm

Location: McNally House 

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Walking with Grief (In-person)

Join McNally House for an eight-week, peer lead walking group specifically for those grieving the death of a loved one. 

Dates: Wednesdays from June 22nd to August 10th

Time:10:30 am-11:30 am

Location: McNally House 


A Walk on the Farm (In-person)

This four-week bereavement program starts with a meditative walk through the fields of Mingle Hill Farms. Your walk will be followed by a mini tea workshop where the various healing properties of different herbs will be explored. 

Dates: Thursdays July 7th to 28th 

Time: 2 pm-3:30 pm

Location: Mingle Hill Farms (2625 Mountain Rd. Saint Anns)


Artful Healing (In-person)

This group is facilitated by McNally House’s Art Therapist and is specifically for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.  Using art materials, we will focus on expressing emotions and exploring your grief process. All art materials are provided.

A new session is starting this spring. Email Jenn to have your name added to the list.

We are grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation