Hillcrest Grief Services

There are many different forms of support we can provide.  Find one that you are comfortable with and gives you the guidance and tools you need to help you cope.

Grieving is work. It takes time, energy and effort to work through grief. Be patient with yourself and give yourself lots of time. Grief is a transition...from what life once was to a new life that is just beginning.

We have put together a booklet that has many resources and might help as you make your way through your grieving and grief.  You can download your booklet here but if you prefer for us to send you a copy or would like to pick one up at the Hillcrest  please contact us and we can send you one. 

Listed below are some resources that may also be of help to you or someone that you know  who might be struggling.

  • Support Groups and Websites
  • My Grief
  • Bereaved Families
  • Genesis Resources
  • Perinatal Bereavement Services of Ontario

Books Available at Hillcrest

We will be happy to lend out any of the following resources at any time.

  • How to reach out for Help when you are Grieving
  • Sarah's Journey
  • Bereaved Children and Teens
  • The Journey Through Grief Reflections
  • Afterloss- Barbara LesStrong
  • Chicken Soup for The Grieving Soul
  • Healing the Grieving Heart
  • The Caregiver Book
  • One you love is dying
  • What will help me?/How can I help?

My Grief

My Grief is a web service designed to help individuals understand and work through grief. It is a step by step process that allows you to navigate through the different steps at your own pace and in the comfort and security of your own home. It was designed by grief experts and families who share stories through videos.


  • Confidential
  • Access in the privacy of your own home
  • Developed by families and grief experts
  • Stories from people who have "been there"
  • A resource for professionals

​Grief Counselling

Hillcrest Funeral Home and Registered Psychotherapist, Jessica Courville, are working together to offer compassionate and supportive "Healing Through Grief" 5 week group-counselling sessions for members of the Vankleek Hill community and surrounding regions.

Location: Upstairs at Hillcrest Funeral Home, 151 Bond Street, Vankleek Hill, Ontario. 

Important information: 
The groups will be limited to 6 people. 

No matter where you are in your journey of healing, every step of the journey has its challenges– the pain and yearning, the fear, the frustration, the tears, the confusion and the stress, but at the end of the day, we hope to arrive at acceptance and yes, joy as we discover hope for peace and serenity in our lifetime.

The “Healing Through Grief" counselling group at Hillcrest Funeral Home is a safe place for participants to be open and vulnerable in sharing their experiences (if they so choose), to listen to and support others, to express empathy, and to allow themselves to be exactly where they are in the present moment. The group format will be comprised of a combination of open sharing and discussion, along with a variety of guided exercises including meditations and mindfulness exercises, healing old wounds, fostering self-compassion, and learning new self-care coping strategies. Participants play an active role in their healing journey and the goal of the group is for participants to feel supported, empowered, and provided with a safe space in which to honor their loved ones and themselves. 

Groups will be facilitated by Jessica Courville, a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Jessica graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2016 with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, and since then has been working with a variety of clients who experience anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, grief, or who have relationship issues, suffer from addictions, gender and sexuality issues, and other mental health conditions. Jessica has formal training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and is clinically supervised by Dr. Shari Mayman, C. Psych.

If you would like more information or are interested in participating in our Grief group counselling sessions, please contact Lisa Henderson at Hillcrest Funeral Home 613 678 2002 or email info@hillcrestfuneralhomeca.

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’”