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.

McNally House Hospice is dedicated to providing quality, volunteer based bereavement support services to individuals and their families in Niagara West, free of charge.

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

Mixed Loss Support Group- A 12 Week Virtual Support Group

The loss of a loved one can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Join our mixed loss bereavement support group for an opportunity to connect with other grievers in a safe and supportive environment to share about your loved ones and discuss coping after a 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.

Wednesdays, June 16th to August 18th

10:30 a.m. to Noon

This group is free of cost. Participants must register by June 9th, 2021.

For more information or to register email Jenn at 


Grieving Mindfully- An 8 Week Virtual Meditation Group

Join McNally House for a peer lead guided meditation and relaxation class designed specifically for those grieving the death of a loved one. No previous experience required, but access to the internet is required.

This group is free of cost. Participants must register by June 11th, 2021

Tuesdays, June 15th to August 3rd 

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or to register email Jenn at 


Bereavement Drop-In Group

Feel free to come by our drop-in group designed specifically for people who are grieving. This is a casual, supportive environment where you can come by for a coffee and connect with others grievers and our trained bereavement volunteers.

Coffee and snacks will be available for purchase. No registration required. Attend at your convenience.

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