Death Loss

There are many different options for support available for the grieving person. Connecting with others who are walking a similar path, and those who truly understand how each person’s path is unique, is especially healing. Expressing your grief makes it more bearable to get through it – eventually grief can strengthen your life.

Grief support can be obtained in a variety of ways, from one-on-one counselling to participation in a support group to self-help by reading.


Resources and Support


Private Agencies
The Support Network provides support and referrals for any one at any time who find themselves facing depression, loneliness, work-stress, addiction, relationship problems, or worrying about someone else.
A Calgary-based support network.
Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss is the leading support service in Edmonton for people suffering from grief. They offer small group sessions, presentations, workshops, courses and supportive counselling for bereaved individuals and those who serve and support them. Centered in Edmonton, Pilgrims Hospice provides family centered end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services for children, teens, families and adults. Support for children is through its Expressive Arts for Grieving Children, Teens and Families Program. A province-wide on-line directory, that contains general information about community, health, social, and government services.
The Alberta Funeral Service Association has useful information on bereavement.
The Family Centre, 780-423-2831
YWCA Edmonton: 789-423-9922


Counselling Professionals

  • Psychologist Association of Alberta 780-428-TALK (8255)
  • Alberta College of Social Workers 780-421-1167
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Local churches and ministers
  • Funeral Homes
  • Jewish Family Services/Edmonton Bereavement Centre 780-454-1194

Provides individual and group programs (including counselling) for bereaved individuals, for newcomers to Edmonton,

and for seniors

  • Cornerstone Counselling 780-482-6215
  • Pastoral Counselling Group 780-482-8998


Community Support

  • Catholic Social Services The Journey of Grief -10 week group program 780-420-6081
  • Support Network Suicide Bereavement Program Support for loss due to suicide. 780-482-0198
  • Alberta Cancer Board Support groups for people who have lost a loved one to cancer 780-432-8703
  • Parent Care Society of Alberta Support for loss from miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death 780-988-3747
  • Alberta Lung Association – Baby’s Breath 1-800-363-7437
  • St. Albert Bereavement Fellowship 780-459-3135
  • Compassionate Friends of St. Albert Support for parents grieving the loss of a child 780-45-5381
  • Distress Line – 24 hour support 780-482-4357


Other Resources

Victims of Homicide of Edmonton Support Society
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Provides support and resources through groups meeting throughout Canada, generally church-based
Provides on-line resources to help you understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges, including grief and loss.
A comprehensive list of books about grief. Click on “Resources” for a listing, including topics such as funeral and legal issues, as well as general guidance on grief.
Founded by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the Center for Loss supports both mourners, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and professional and lay caregivers, by serving as an educational resource and professional forum.
Helps families heal after the loss of a child.
Provides information , support and hope for those coping with the grief of miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
Support resource for those touched by a crisis in pregnancy or the death of a baby.


    • The Grief Recovery Handbook by John James & Russell Friedman
    • Good Grief by Granger Westburg
    • When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S Kushner
    • The Five Ways We Grieve by Dr. Susan Berger
    • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
    • The Next Place by Warren Hanson
    • What is Heaven? by Maria Shriver
    • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Amazon)
    • Dinosaurs Divorce (Amazon)
    • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids, 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt (Amazon)

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