Grief and Loss Support Groups

If you are interested in a one of our support groups, please contact our Group Therapy Coordinator, Libby Kostromin, by phone at 780-454-1194 Ext. 406 or email at klibby@jfse.org. We will get back to you within two business days.

Roads to Healing

2-hour introductory meeting

Roads to Healing is a presentation on Grief and Loss. This introductory session  explores common experiences and aspects of grief, mourning and bereavement. You will learn basic tools for self-care and how best to support yourself through this deeply painful time.  

This meeting also provides a supportive introduction to the Navigating the Rivers of Grief series (below). 

This is a no-charge, no obligation, introductory session for individuals.

Organizations, Corporations & Centers.

Roads to Healing can also be a stand-alone presentation for organizations, corporations and groups; tailored to your specific needs and interests. We welcome enquiries from memorial centers, educational institutes, seniors centers, health practitioners, caregivers and other services working with the bereaved.

Roads to Healing can be booked by contacting our Group Therapy Coordinator, Libby Kostromin, by phone on (780) 454-1194 ext. 406 or email at klibby@jfse.org.

Navigating the Rivers of Grief and Loss

7- session series

The Navigating the Rivers of Grief 7-week series is a continuation of Roads to Healing. Participants explore their grief experience through sharing, activities, and mindfulness practices. This is a closed group where participants agree to commit to attending all sessions, as this greatly supports group cohesion and individual process. 

This series is offered on a donation basis.

NEW! Navigating the Rivers of Grief (Parents only)

7- session series

The loss of a child is devastating.  Along with more common symptoms and experiences associated with grief, there are many issues that make parental bereavement especially difficult and different from other grief.

We are pleased to now be offering our Navigating the Rivers of Grief series exclusively to bereaved parents. This is a closed group for parents only.  Participants commit to attending all sessions, as this greatly supports group cohesion and individual process. 

This series is offered on a donation basis.

Finding Meaning, Finding Me (Level II)

7-session series

Finding Meaning, Finding Me (Level II), is a continuation of Navigating the Rivers of Grief and Loss. It is a 7-session series that deeply explores your individual journey through grief, finding meaning in the loss, and a new sense of who and what you are without your loved one.

The fee for this series are 30$ per session. Where there is difficulty in managing our fee, we can offer our groups on a sliding scale, which means that the amount you pay is aligned with your annual income and family size.

Moving Forward Past Grief; Turning Loss into a Gift. (Level III)

7-session series

Moving Forward Past Grief; Turning Loss into a Gift (Level III) is a further continuation of the Finding Meaning Finding Me (Level II) series. This course is about turning loss into a gift. Loss becomes a gift when we give our newly found meaning to others and to the world, but firstly to ourselves. 

The fee for this series are 30$ per session. Where there is difficulty in managing our fee, we can offer our groups on a sliding scale, which means that the amount you pay is aligned with your annual income and family size.

Monthly Online Drop-In Grief Support Group

Our monthly online drop-in grief support group is offered to those who have completed our 7-week Navigating the Rivers group series. Groups are held from 6.30-8.30 pm, on the second Wednesday of each month, from September to June. All groups are  facilitated by a trained professional from our team. There will be a different theme and activity each month to support you in your continuing grief journey. 

The fee for the drop-in meeting is a suggested donation of 30$ per session. If that fee is challenging for you, we welcome you to pay what you are able. We don’t want payment to be a barrier to getting the support you want and need.

Pre-registration is required for each drop in session.