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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not offering in-person counselling. Please contact Jennifer Jowlabar – Bereavement Clinician (905-309-4013 ext. 32)  for the most up-to-date information regarding our bereavement programs. One-on-one bereavement counselling is still being offered via Zoom and telephone.

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

Artful Healing 

The loss of a loved one can be one of life’s greatest challenges.  This 6-week in-person bereavement group is designed specifically for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.  Using art materials, we will focus on expressing emotions and exploring your grief process.

Participants must register by  October 1 2021.

Dates: Wednesday, October 13th- November 17th, 2021
Time: 2pm-3:30pm

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Exploring Grief Through Photography

Join us for our 8-week virtual photography art therapy group. Each week, participants will be given a grief reflection and asked to take a photograph that is representative of an aspect of their grief. We will meet online weekly in a drop-in format to share our photographs, and openly discuss our thoughts, feelings and reflections regarding our loss.

Remember to be kind to oneself, there is no right or wrong way in which to participate; this is your journey through grief using photography as a medium/tool.

This group is a drop-in, attend and participate as you can.

Dates: Monday, September 27- November 1st, 2021
Time: 2pm-3:30pm

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Spousal Loss Group

The loss of a spousal or partner can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Join our 10-week virtual spousal loss 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.

Participants must register by September 30th, 2021.

Dates: Thursday, October 7th- December 9th, 2021
Time: 2pm-4pm

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Walking with Grief 

Join us for a socially-distanced walking group, specifically designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved-one.


Participants must register by September 17th, 2021.

Dates: Tuesday, September 21st – November 9th, 2021
Time: 11am-Noon

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Griever’s Corner

Coping with a loss is one of the hardest things we have to go through. And doing so while practicing physical distancing can make it even more challenging. Join us for a series of online support sessions to discuss topics related to coping with grief and connect with other grievers in a safe, supportive environment. Share your experiences or just come to listen as we support each other through our grief during this time.

This is a drop in program, attend as you wish.

Dates: Every other Thursday: Sept. 23rd, Oct. 7th, 21st, Nov. 4th, 18th, Dec. 2nd, 16th and 30th 

Time: 6pm-7pm