Groups & Agencies

Seasons of the Heart

 Bereavement Directory for London and Area

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Private Practitioners

Carrie Arnold, M.Ed, CCC, RSW, Psychotherapist

Area: Teens, Trauma, Individuals and Couples Counselling

Phone: 519-435-0256 Address: 389 Hyde Park Road Main Floor, Suite 2 London, ON N6A 3E6 www.carriearnold.ca

Maureen Dwyer – Saying Your Goodbye, Pet Grief

Maureen will help you customize the tribute approach that most reflects your wish to honour your animal companion. Simple or complex, your personalized ceremony will reflect the memories that you, your friends and family share about your loved companion animal.

Phone: 519-680-1245 Address:900 Pond View Rd Unit 6 London, ON N5Z 4L7 www.sayingyourgoodbye.com

Bereaved Families of Ontario

Bereaved parent self help/mutual aid. Support groups for bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age. Monthly support meetings, one on one support, lending library, speakers bureau, miscarriage support, newsletter.

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Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex Branch (CMHA)

Offers support to adults who have lost a friend or relative to suicide. The Suicide Bereavement Support Group is a peer support group meeting monthly. Registration is not required. The Survivors of Suicide group is a professionally facilitated group offered twice annually for 8 weekly sessions.

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Canadian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Provides support, educational resources, research and genealogy information for parents and siblings of children/young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to cardiac arrhythmia.

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Daya Counselling Centre

Daya offers short term individual, couple, and family counselling for ages 16+. We have a particular interest in bereavement counselling and support for the bereaved. Counselling honours the spiritual dimension of life.

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Distress Centre

Serving the community for 40 years, our 24/ 7 help line is always available for confidential telephone support if you need a warming, supportive listener. If you are feeling scared, overwhelmed, sad or in crisis our caring, friendly and trained volunteers will help.

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Family Service Thames Valley

The Community Counselling Program provides a range of counselling services to London and Middlesex. Services include individual, couple, family, and group counselling. Issues may include: loss/bereavement, separation/divorce, parenting, woman abuse/survivors of sexual abuse.

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Fanshawe College, Student Health Services Individual counselling addressing bereavement and loss for Fanshawe students.

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Hospice of London

Volunteers offer a supportive role during bereavement by telephone/in person. Clients are preferred to be within one year of their loss that is due to a lingering illness rather than a sudden event.

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Journey Through Loss

General bereavement support group for anyone over 18 years of age who has experienced the death of a loved one. The group is open and ongoing, and people may come to the meetings as they need.

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London Health Sciences Centre, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program

Individual counselling for children and adolescents with special interest in areas of post trauma, complicated grief, eating disorders, suicide behaviours, mood and anxiety disorders.

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Intake: (519) 667-6640 Reception: (519) 667-6607 Website: www.lhsc.on.ca/mhcp/child/outpatie.htm


London Regional Cancer Program

Individual grief counselling is provided by oncology social workers to family members whose loved one was a patient at the Centre.

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New Horizons Support Group

Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, this peer support group is for individuals who have lost a spouse due to separation, divorce or death. Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.

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Parents and their Children Healing (PATCH)

A 5-week support group for preschoolers/children age 2 to 7 years and their parents/caregiver who have been affected by death.

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Wheelchair Accessible Denise O’Neill Phone: (519) 858-1746 Website: www.patchforkids.ca


Parkwood Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, St. Joseph’s Health Care

Provides individual bereavement counselling to family members who have had a loved one die on the Palliative Care Unit, Parkwood Hospital.

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Wheelchair Accessible Andrew Feron, M.S.W., R.S.W – Social Worker, Palliative Care Unit Phone: 685-4292 ext. 42506


Pregnancy And Infant Loss

Offers support to parents who have suffered a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, medical termination, stillbirth or newborn death. Also offers educational seminars for health care professionals on Perinatal loss. Support groups now serving Woodstock.

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Lise Ferguson Phone: (905) 472-1807 1-888-301-7276 Website: www.pailnetwork.ca E-mail: info@pailnetwork.ca


Rainbows

A train-the-trainers program for volunteers, teachers, and/or parents involved in elementary and secondary schools. The program prepares participants to facilitate students talking to students about loss, separation, divorce, and death.

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Jackie Cousins E-mail: jackie_cousins@hpcdsb.edu.on.ca


Regional Support Associates

Grief counselling for adults 18+ with a developmental disability and their families. Staff training for those working with bereaved individuals who have developmental disabilities. Covering counties of Oxford, London-Middlesex, Elgin, Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce.

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Seniors Help Line

A free and confidential 24 hour-a-day telephone support for seniors and the people who care for them. Need to talk? ……….we listen with HEART. (A service of the London and District Distress Centre).

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Phone: (519) 667-6600 anytime


Serenity House Hospice

We are an organization geared to supporting and providing quality end of life care, for any person(s), for all ages. Support services are not just for the person experiencing end of life challenges, but support for the caregiver, family and after care as well.

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Wheelchair Accessible Phone: (519) 673-3034 Fax: (519) 637-2583 Website: www.serenityhousehospice.ca E-mail: info@serenityhousehospice.ca


Third Age Outreach Program

Offers widows and widowers an educational and social group for bereaved seniors 60+.

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Wheelchair Accessible Phone: (519) 661-1621 Fax: (519) 434-5686


University of Western Ontario, Student Health Services

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Wheelchair Accessible Phone: (519) 661-3771 Website: www.shs.uwo.ca/counselling


VON Middlesex-Elgin

The Hospice Volunteer Program provides volunteers to support individuals and their families who are facing life threatening or life altering conditions, as well as those who have lost a loved one. Our volunteers provide companionship in the home or hospital, respite support for caregivers, friendship and listening. Our program also provides bereavement support individually or in a group, as well as library resources. The program accepts referrals from individuals, family, friends, medical professionals, and social service agencies. The Program is a free service.

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Middlesex: Phone: (519) 245-3170 or 1-800-265-7058 Fax: (519) 245-3164 Website: www.von.ca Elgin: Phone: (519) 637-6408 or 1-800-201-0909 Fax: (519) 631-4798 Website: www.vonmiddlesexelgin.ca


Wellspring

Wellspring offers an 8-week support group to individuals who have lost a loved one to cancer. This group is open to individuals in the London and surrounding areas. Please call for more information or to register.

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Phone: (519) 438-7379 Website: www.wellspringlondon.ca