Grief and Bereavement Supports

What is Grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. There is no right way to grieve and no set timetable for grieving. Everyone is different. For some people, grief is an intense, emotional, all-consuming experience. For others it is a rather mild process. Ethnicity, gender, culture and age all impact how people grieve. If mourning is the outward expression of sorrow often shared in a social setting with others, then grief is the inward, solitary or private response.

Grief can be:

  • Physical (crying, insomnia, weight change, tightness in the throat, hollowness in the stomach, weakness in the muscles)
  • Psychosocial (poor concentration, withdrawal)
  • Emotional (sadness, anger, loneliness, depression, blame, relief)
  • Spiritual (questioning one’s beliefs)

It takes a great deal of energy to grieve and people need time to work through it. As someone moves through the various phases of grief, less energy is spent on the grief itself and more is spent on survival and life enhancement.

General Resources

Children & Youth

  • Children and Youth Grief Network – resources for people supporting children and youth grieving the dying or death of a loved one.
  • – a free online resource that helps parents and educators support children when someone in their life is dying or has died.
  • Camp Keaton – a bereavement camp for children and teenagers ages 7-17 grieving a significant death.

Finding Grief and Bereavement Services in Your Local Community

By telephone:  Please call toll-free 1-833-621-0728, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Online:  To search for providers and services please visit where you can search by postal code for providers in your local community.