If you are in a crisis, please call: 

Ottawa Distress Centre (English): 613-238-3311
Tel-aide Outaouais (French, Ottawa): 613-741-6433 
Tel-aide Outaouais (French, Gatineau): 819-775-3223 
Kids Help Line: 1-800-668-6868

Grief Support

People deal with grief in their own way and in their own time. There is no way to avoid the grief which floods us when we have experienced a major loss. It is a journey that you have to take, but remember that you are never taking that journey alone. Most important in the grieving process is keeping the lines of communication open. Understand that sharing your emotions and feelings with others will help you on your path to healing. Let others lend you their help and support until your own strength and courage return. Hillcrest Funeral Home has a number of services we can provide you to help you cope with your grief.



Nancy Gallaway 514-826-6365

She can be reached through her website here

I’ve been in the social work and support field since the 80’s. I worked as a social service worker for many years and finally completed my Bachelor of Social Work in 2003. A big part of my career was in corrections which I loved at the time and I have worked in family services, long term care, elder abuse, children’s grief, sexual abuse agencies, walk in counselling clinics and with a mobile crisis team. I like to describe my work history as eclectic so what you tell me is not going to be shocking, unnerving, or “weird”.

I have served on many agency boards serving individuals affected by trauma and I received an award for my work in the elder abuse field. I am happy to say that several years ago I graduated with my master’s degree in Social work at the ripe old age of 55. I like to say that I am a late bloomer. It’s never too late to do what you want to do.


Jessica Courville 313-307-6439

She can be reached through her website here  

My name is Jessica Courville (she/her) and I'm a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.


Joanne Doucette 613-867-7186

She can be reached through her website here

My goal is to create a safe place in which my clients can be honest and open about the challenges they are facing. I focus on building trust and connection in my relationship with each person, as I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important component of therapy being a success.


Prescott-Russell Community Services  613-632-0939- ext #137 

They can be reached through  their website here

Prescott-Russell Community Services has launched a grief support program for people going through a mourning period. The program includes a helpline and support, and is offered at no charge to people living in Prescott-Russell.

“The loss of a loved one is a difficult stage of life and the way each person processes grief is very unique.  Anyone suffering a bereavement and needing to talk about it may call us for support, whether their loss is recent or dates from months ago,” says Sylvie Lefebvre, Executive Director, Prescott-Russell Community Services. The service will be available from,    Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Bereaved Families of Ontario- Ottawa  613-567-4278 

They can be reached through their website here

They have been operating in Ottawa since 1978, when two mothers came together through their common experience of losing a child. 

We inspire hope and healing
for people who are grieving
the loss of a loved one.

Today our expert facilitators run about 120 peer support groups each year, attended by more than 2000 participants. We help and support people in our community who are dealing with grief that stems from many different types of losses:


Bereaved Families of Ontario- Cornwall

They can be reached through their website here   




Mind Beacon

They can be reached through there website here

MindBeacon's Therapist Guided Program

Therapy on your terms. MindBeacon’s Therapist Guided program is ideal for those struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, and more. And, it’s now free for all Ontario residents, thanks to funding by the Government of Ontario. No payment of any kind is required.


What's Your grief

They can be reached through their website

To put it simply, this website is about grief.

As mental health professionals who have experienced significant losses ourselves, we know individual grief is unique and there is no “right” way to cope. Our goal is to create a community that provides hope, support, and education to anyone wishing to understand the complicated experience of life after loss.


My Grief

They can be reached through their website here

Because losing someone is hard...

MyGrief.ca helps you to understand and work through your grief.

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


Articles on Grief

The death of someone we care about can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. Words fail to describe how painful the grief we feel can be. It is more challenging than we, or others, might expect.

These articles are meant to describe different types of grief; their intent is to help you understand your own, or to help you empathize with another person's grief.

These articles were written by Dr Bill Webster, our Director of Grief Education, and are part of a comprehensive library available on our Grief Journey web portal. Dr Bill is the founder and executive director of the Centre for the Grief Journey. He earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto in 1990, and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship in thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC).

Dr Bill`s knowledge of grief exists not just in theory, but from a very difficult personal experience. In 1983, Bill`s young wife died suddenly of a heart attack. Her passing left him in the difficult situation of coping with immense loss while raising his two sons, who were only seven and nine when their mother died. Dr Bill has become a recognized author, and a renowned international speaker and seminar leader who draws from 30 years of experience in the field of grief support and counselling.

Understanding Grief

These articles will help you understand your own grief or the grief of another. Grief is not as simple as it's made out to be -- it is more than just "feeling sad."

10 Facts about Grief and Grieving
Understanding Bereavement

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Coping with Loss

These articles will help you understand the dynamics of specific losses, such as the loss of a spouse, or the loss of a pet.

The Loss of a Spouse
The Loss of a Pet

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Children and Grief

These articles will help you understand the grief process of a child, with tips on how to help them cope.

Loss from a Child’s Perspective
Helping Children Cope

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Helping those who Grieve

These articles will provide you with some useful information on how to help someone who is grieving, as well as tips on how to help navigate special days and holidays, which can be especially difficult in the wake of a loss.

How to Help Someone who is Grieving
How to Help Navigate Special days and Holidays

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Coping with Complicated Situations

Grief can come unexpectedly in life. These articles offer more specific information on certain types of grief, such as grief following a suicide, and grief in the workplace.

Grief in the Workplace

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