Grief and Bereavement Supports for Health Care Workers

Mental Health Supports for Health Care Workers 

With the launch of the new BEACON Digital Therapy Service provided by the Government of Ontario, HPCO will be suspending the Health Care Worker Support Line effective October 1st 2020. We are very grateful to the Clinicians that volunteered and staffed HPCO’s support line for frontline healthcare workers in Ontario. Callers greatly appreciated and benefitted from the psychosocial support provided to them to help manage stress and build resilience. We recommend anyone in need of support for stress and mental wellbeing contact BEACON

As part of its provincial support for COVID-19, the Government of Ontario is currently funding the standard BEACON service in full for residents of Ontario age 16 or older, making BEACON free of charge for stress and mental wellbeing concerns during COVID-19. The BEACON service includes customized support for frontline health workers. Ontario residents can click here to access BEACON.

If you are looking for other types of mental health support (i.e., not iCBT), click here ›

Webinar Series

At the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we hosted a series of webinars for health care workers/health service providers where we discussed emotional, spiritual and compassionate care regarding COVID-19. Each session began with a 20 minute presentation covering a set of topics. Following the presentation, there was a discussion period which allowed participants to debrief and receive mutual support during this crisis. You can access the audio files for each of the sessions below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these sessions, please email

Staying Well Series

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) is proud to launch the new Stay Well Series to support health care providers, caregivers, individuals, and families who could benefit from daily reflections to help guide and comfort them during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Many individuals are suffering, and we hope these inspirational messages can help in some small way to lift our spirits in this very challenging time.

HPCO has connected with Eugene Dufour to inspire us each morning with a encouraging message in this Staying Well Series.  Eugene is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario.

Eugene has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years.  He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.  He is also a regular workshop presenter at the annual HPCO Hospice Palliative Care conference each April.

In 2002, Eugene was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.

Eugene presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team. He lives in Bayfield, Ontario.

Eugene’s Email:

Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed by course facilitators and presenters are not that of HPCO’s or HPCO employees’.