Grief and Loss Supports

Adult Individual Grief Support

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

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice is dedicated to providing quality, volunteer-based bereavement support services to individuals and their families in Hamilton, free of charge.


"Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim."

- Vicki Harrison


Goals of the Dr. Bob Kemp 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 bereaved people by identifying their own inner resources and coping

Our 1:1 peer mutual support program will match you with one of our trained bereavement volunteers, who have experienced a similar loss experience.  Clients and volunteers usually meet once a week for approximately 12 sessions.

If you are interested in pursuing individual support, please contact our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email  Please also see other avenues of support available on our website under Resources


Adult Group Workshops

Peer Mutual Support Groups

Sharing our stories and being witnessed as we explore the impact of our grief can be a powerful part of the healing process for many bereaved people.

Bereavement Support Groups at Dr. Bob Kemp 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 how are supported by our
    Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager
  • Give you a chance to talk about your own grief experience and listen to the experiences of others

Participating in a peer 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