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.

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"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

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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 support@kemphospice.org  Please also see other avenues of support available on our website under Resources

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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

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2018 Fall Programs:

Spousal Loss Support Group
The loss of a spouse and/or partner can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Our spousal loss support group provides an opportunity to connect with other bereaved individuals in a safe and supportive environment. This group welcomes anyone who has experienced the death of their partner.

10 Weeks 
Thursday afternoons 
1:00-3:00pm 
September 13th, 2018 – November 15th, 2018 at
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice 277 Stone Church Road East

Contact Jessica our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org

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Finding Our Way: Learning to Live With Loss
After the loss of a loved one, it can feel as if your whole world has stopped while the rest of the world continues to turn. Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice invites you to take part in our 10-week group designed for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. This 10-week group is offered free of charge and is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers.

10 Weeks
September 18th, 2018 to November 20th, 2018
Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice 277 Stone Church Road E

Contact Jessica our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org

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Hiking Through Grief

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice is proud to invite you to join us for a 9-week hiking group designed specifically for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. No previous experience necessary. Participants may join at any point throughout the 10-week period. The group is free of charge. Donations welcome. Proper footwear and water required.

Please join Richard Reble, a hike leader with the Bruce Trail Conservancy with over 20 years of experience and hospice volunteer, as he invites us to grieve (and hike) together surrounded by the beauty of nature.


September 19th, 2018 to November 15th, 2018
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 10:30am
Dundas Valley Trails
Contact Jessica our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org

 

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Caring for the Caregivers Support Circle

We believe:The deep grief an individual experiences while anticipating the death of their loved one is normal; Grief is a unique experience for every person; Grief does not need to be carried alone. We can share its burden when gathered together in community; We can best care for those we love when we create time and space to care for ourselves.

Join us for an informal support circle facilitated by trained hospice volunteers. This is an opportunity to connect with other caregivers in a safe and supportive environment.

10 Weeks
September 26th, 2018 through to November 28th
Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00pm 
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, 277 Stone Church Road E, Hamilton

Contact Jessica our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org

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Grieving Mindfully

Join us for an 8-week mindfulness meditation-based class specifically designed for those who are grieving. No previous experience necessary. 

8 Weeks October 22 - December 10th
Mondays from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice 277 Stone Church Road E

Contact Jessica our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org

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Support Over Supper

Nourish both your body and grieving soul at our 8-week drop-in supper group facilitated by trained hospice volunteers. This group is offered free of charge, donations are welcome. Participants are welcome to attend as many or as few of our suppers during this 8 week period. 

8 Weeks
October 25th, 2018 to December 13th, 2018
Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30pm 
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice 277 Stone Church Road EHamilton

Contact Jessica our Bereavement and Supportive Care Manager, at 905 387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org

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