Grief and Loss Supports

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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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For Adults

Registration is mandetory.  Please call 905-387-2448 ext. 2206 or email support@kemphospice.org 

A Daughter’s Grief
Each loss is as unique as your relationship with your loved one. The bond between parent and child is one of the first we experience in our life, however there is a uniqueness to the relationships between a daughter and a parent or caregiver.
 
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice invites those who experienced the death of a parent or elder to please join us for a 8-week support group facilitated by trained hospice volunteers.
The support group has been designed to be offered in person safely or virtually dependent on COVID-19 & Public Health Guidelines.
 
A Daughter’s Grief is an 8 week program held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
  • January 25th
  • February 1st
  • February 8th
  • February 22nd
  • March 1st
  • March 8th
  • March 15th
  • March 29th
  • April 5th
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Finding Our Way: Learning to Live with Loss (Mixed Loss Support Group)
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 8-week group designed for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
 
This 8-week group is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers.
The support group has been designed to be offered in person safely or virtually dependent on COVID-19 & Public Health Guidelines.
 
Finding Our Way is an 8 week program held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
  • January 27th
  • February 3rd
  • February 10th
  • February 17th
  • February 24th
  • March 3rd
  • March 10th
  • March 17th
  • March 24th
  • March 31st
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Continuing Connections
Connection is not as easy as it used to be before the pandemic and we’ve all moved into new ways of connecting.  We would like to make sure that we help you continue your connection with your loved one that has passed away.  We have developed this program of continuing connections to cultivate your relationship. 
 
  • Drop-in format – join us for one or any of our monthly meetings!
  • Virtual  - on zoom with a secure login
  • New topic each session. Led by trained volunteers.
 
Continuing Connections is held the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm on the following dates:
  • January 19 - Grief, Interrupted - Grieving during a Pandemic
  • February 16 - Mind, Body, Soul - The Ways We Grieve
  • March 16 - Refueling On teh Grief Journey
  • April 20 - Rituals and Keeping Connected
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Caring Together
We invite those who are caregivig for a loved one with a life-limiting illness to connect with other caregivers. This group is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers to provide a space of connection and learning how we can care for ourselves on this journey, so we in turn can continue to care for those we love.
 
Virtual - on zoom with a secure login
New topic each session. Led by trained volunteers
 
Caring Together is held on Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 4:30pm on the following dates:
 
  • February 2 - Anticipatory Grief 101
  • February 9 - Caregiving During Global Uncertainty
  • February 16 - Putting the SELF back into Self-Care
  • February 23 - Pit stops and Detours: A Caregiver's Journey
  • March 2 - Navigating Special Days
  • March 9 - Keeping Connected
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Men’s Support Circle
"Each person's grief is as unique as their fingerprint. What everyone has in common though is that no matter how they grieve, they share a need for their grief to be witnessed. That doesn't mean needing someone to try to lessen it for reframe it for them. The need is for someone to be fully present to the magnitude of their loss without trying to point out the silver lining." David Kessler
 
Come as you are and join our grained peer volunteers and other men to connect and share about your loved one as well as your unique grief experience.
 
Drop in format. Join us for one or any of our monthly meetings!
Virutual on zoom with a secure login
New topic each session. Led by trained volunteers
 
Our Men's support circle is held from 6:30pm - 8:00pm on teh following dates:
 
  • January 14 - Grief, Interrupted - Grieving during a Pandemic
  • February 11 - Mind, Body, Soul - The Ways We Grieve
  • March 11 - Refueling On the Grief Journey
  • April 8 - Rituals and Keeping Connected
 
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Mindful Movement for the grieving heart
Grief not only impacts the unseen parts of self, but also the tangible physical body. Dr. BobKemp Hospice invites you to participate in our 8 week gentle movement-based class to tend toour grieving hearts holistically. To connect and tend to this aspect of grief our trained volunteer Harlee-Jean brings her experience as a Mindful Movement Facilitator which she uses to helpothers learn how to connect with the rhythms of their body, from a place of observation and compassion.

No previous experience is required. Participants will need to dresscomfortably, have a comfortable chair to use during session, a journal ornotebook, as well as a scarf or belt which may be used in somemovements.
All classes will take place on a secure videoconference meetingplatform. Participants must RSVP to each session(s) they wish to attendin order to receive the secure login information.

Group beginning February 2021- dates and times to be confirmed. Please get in touch with our Supportive Careteam for more information and to register!
 
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Hiking Through Grief
This program is on hold. Please check back.
 
 

 

  

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY. Call 905-387-2448 ext.2230 or childandfamily@kemphospice.org 

For children, families and young adults

“Gaming” Through Grief  10-13 yrs old

Need a computer for zoom and either an ipad, iphone or android device.

Download game “Apart of Me” from the app store

“A World Built to Guide you through your darkest moments”

Registration is mandatory.

Wednesdays 6:30-8 pm

Feb 3

Feb 10

Feb 17

Feb 24

March 3

March 10

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Games Night - For Ages 7 - 17 

YOU CAN JOIN US FOR ONE OR FOR ALL SESSIONS. 

Games Night will be held virtually the last Thursday of every month from 6:30–8:30 p.m. 

Registration is mandatory to receive the zoom link 

• October 29 

• November 26

January 28

• February 25 

• March 25

• April 29

• May 27

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Family Nights 

Email childandfamily@kemphospice.org for future dates.

YOU CAN JOIN US FOR ONE OR FOR ALL SESSIONS. 

Family Nights provide an opportunity for families to meet like minded and experienced people. Children, youth and caregivers who have experienced the death of a family member or very close friend can join our family nights. Family Nights will be offered virtually.

 

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AS KITS WILL BE PROVIDED

Family Nights happen once a month on the folowing dates

• October 22

• November 19

• December 17 

February 18

• March 18

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Story Time Explorers - for ages 6 - 10 

YOU CAN JOIN US FOR ONE OR FOR ALL SESSIONS. 

For all 6- 10 year olds who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Join us for a virtual storytime and craft.

• February 2 

• February 9

• February 16

• February 23

• March 2

• March 9



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Peer Group For Youth 13 - 17 

YOU CAN JOIN US FOR ONE OR FOR ALL SESSIONS. 

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice provides a place for youth to come together. Through participation in facilitated peer groups, they find understanding, stability and support.  Registration is mandatory as a zoom link for the 8 week session will be provided

All group sessions are held from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

2021 Dates TBA 

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For Parents and Caregivers 

YOU CAN JOIN US FOR ONE OR FOR ALL SESSIONS. 

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice provides a place for parents & caregivers to come together. Through participation in facilitated peer groups, they find understanding, stability and support.

All group sessions are held from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

2021 Dates TBA 

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Cooking Up Care - for ages 12 - 17 (Full)
DELAYED START- PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPDATE

Email childandfamily@kemphospice.org for future dates.

Our chef will guide the youth through the recipe from the pre delivered Cooking Up Care box. Zoom will be used as we make the meal together and then our grief facilitators and other group participants will connect over dinner.

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AS KITS WILL BE PROVIDED

Cooking up care is a 6 week virtual program held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Mondays 

January 11

• January 18

• February 1

• February 8

• February 19

• February 22

 

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Through The Lens - A photo vision club for youth 13 - 17
(Full For Fall)

Email childandfamily@kemphospice.org for future dates.

Any child or teen, ages 13-17, who has experienced the death of a family member or very close friend can join the group. No photography experience necessary. Come and learn how to connect and remember through the beauty of photography. All group sessions are held VIRTUALLY on wednesdays from 6:30–8:00 p.m.

• February 3rd

• February 10th

• February 17th

• February 24th

• March 3rd

• March 10th

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Writing Grief Songs youth 13 - 17 (Full for Fall)

Email childandfamily@kemphospice.org for future dates.

Any child or teen, ages 13-17, who has experienced the death of a family member or very close friend can join the group. No song writing experience necessary. Come and learn how to connect and remember through song. Participants will need a camera o phone with camera options to participate

All group sessions are held IN PERSON (OPTION FOR VIRTUAL) from 6:30–8:00 p.m.

2021 Dates TBA

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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.

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.

Although all of our inperson groups have been cancelled our bereavement team for children, teens, families and adults are working hard to bring you support virtually. This is available in groups and on-to-one. For adults, 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  For chidren and families please contact Susan Repa at 905-387-2448 ext 2230 or email childrenandfamily@kemphospice.org.

Please also see other avenues of support available on our website under Resources