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

For children, families and young adults

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.

6 week session on Tuesdays at 6:30–7:30p.m

• November 3
• November 10
• November 17
• November 24
• December 1
• December 8

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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.

• October 27 - December 15th

 

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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.

• October 27th - December 15th

 

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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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Cooking Up Care - for ages 12 - 17 (Full for fall)

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 

• October 19 - November 23rd

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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.

• October 21st - November 25 th

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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.

• October 22nd - November 26 th

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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:
  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 23
  • November 30
  • December 7
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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:
  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 18
  • November 25
  • December 2
  • December 9
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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:
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15
  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
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Men’s Support Circle
drop in peer support space for men who have grieved the loss of a loved one; themes/topics for each gathering. 2nd Thursday of the month starting Thursday, October 8th 6:30-8:00pm. The support group has been designed to be offered in person safely or virtually dependent on COVID-19 & Public Health Guidelines.
 
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Hiking Through Grief
Tuesdays 8:45am arrival for 9:00am hike start. Weather and COVID-19 dependent. Beginning October 14th
 
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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