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Bereavement Services Evergreen Living Room

The caring and support of Evergreen Hospice continues after the death of a loved one. The journey through grief may present with many peaks and valleys. Our various bereavement services provide support, guidance and education to help families and friends adjust to the loss and learn new skills for living.

Stormy Nights...Sunny Days is an 8-week grief support group that allows children in grades 1 to 8 an opportunity to meet in a structured, positive setting to explore their feelings of loss and develop ways to cope with the changes in their lives.

Digital Memories - A 10-week group for teenagers. The group sessions include bereavement support, time and assistance to produce a personal DVD about the special person in their life who died. Participants use still and video cameras, scan photographs and other memorabilia, interview family and friends, capture video and add music to create a unique memory collage on DVD. Through this process they reflect on the person and what they meant to them, explore and document their life story, and share and support one another.
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Bridges of Hope - a drop-in group provides support, education and resources for individuals impacted by death. It meets the 4thSunday of each month at 1:30 pm at the hospice office located at 6060 Highway 7, Markham.

Circle of Hope - an 8-week bereavement self-help group for adults who have lost a loved one or friend. It is not a therapy group, but is based on the belief that sharing common experiences and concerns can aid in the healing process of the bereavement experience. Offered as required.

A New World is a social support group for widows and widowers designed to provide opportunities for outings and social activities.

Adolescent Support Group - as needed, 8-week support groups are developed in collaboration with local high schools to address the special needs of grieving teens.

Individual Counselling - Professional staff offers assessment, support and guidance in dealing with the grief process and in developing an understanding of the grief process.

Bereavement Volunteers - Specially trained hospice volunteers are available to provide the assurance of an empathetic listener, education about the grief process and additional support through the grief journey.

Correspondence Program - This self-directed educational program is distributed monthly, for one year, to all interested Evergreen Hospice families. Information on a wide range of topics including the phases, feelings and complexities of grief is included in this program. Practical suggestions for coping with the variety of emotions are also provided.

Celebration of Life - Held each June, our annual memorial service is important in acknowledging the lives of individuals with whom we have worked and recognizing the losses in our own lives. This is an opportunity for families and friends to join our staff and volunteers to celebrate the lives of those for whom we have cared.

Not so Jolly Holiday - Held in November this very popular annual event helps bereaved individuals prepare for the difficult December holiday season. More information

These services are offered to residents of Markham and Whitchurch-Stouffville at no cost.

For more information about Evergreen Hospice Bereavement Services, contact the hospice office at 905.472.5014.

Grief is not
a problem to be cured.
It is simply a statement
that you
have loved someone.

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