SUNRISE HEALTH REGION BEREAVEMENT TELEPHONE SUPPORT PROGRAM
A Bereavement Support Program is provided by a Sunrise Health Region volunteer for bereaved family members that have been involved with the Palliative Care Program in the Melville, Ituna and Esterhazy areas. The volunteer will initiate the request for the telephone bereavement support upon a referral from the Palliative Care Coordinator. The trained volunteer provides telephone support and comfort following a death and provides continuing telephone support, on a mutually agreed basis, for the following year. If further bereavement support is required following the first year, the Palliative Care Coordinator and volunteer can assist with referrals to Greystone Bereavement Centre or other available resources.
When loss hits us hard, the journey is long, and we are seldom prepared to navigate it without some sort of guidance or assistance. Even though we may feel we should be able to handle this on our own, this is not always a realistic expectation.
Recognizing how traumatic the death of a loved one can be in a person's life, the Social Work Services can be of assistance.
Often, the most important assistance our services can provide for someone after loss is to assure them how "normal" their grief experience really is. That message is even more powerful when it is heard through others who are on the same journey.
Bereavement groups may be available to explore more fully the grieving process and to give family members an opportunity to discuss their particular needs and ways of coping. Bereavement events are open to the public for the support person, family member or friend who may be in need of support.
Please call the Sunrise Health Region Social Work Department for information on bereavement support events or to suggest additional support needed in the communtiy. You may leave a message 24 hours a day.
GREYSTONE BEREAVEMENT CENTRE
The grief from the anticipated and resulting death of a special person can be almost overwhelming. The Greystone Bereavement Centre provides qualified and accessible bereavement support to those in need throughout the province. It contributes proactively to the health and well being of grieving individuals, communities and organizations. Bereavement programs and services provided at the centre include:
To attend any group or for more information, please contact the intake coordinator at 306-766-6949.
Further information about services and programs can be obtained at http://www.rpci.org/greystone-bereavement-centre