Death & Grief - Mental Health
Recovering from the death of a loved one, friend or family member can take time. Feelings such as profound sadness, anger, confusion, loneliness, and despair are common, however, the intensity of these feelings, or the way in which one copes with them, can vary greatly from person to person. Some may feel relief that the deceased is no longer suffering. Others may experience guilt or regret with regards to a certain aspect of the relationship they may have had with the individual who has passed. The strength of feelings can be surprising, either in their intensity, or their mildness, and leave one feeling unsure of how to cope. It is possible for certain mental health conditions to occur after losing a loved one, including depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Losing a family member is never easy, regardless of the circumstances. If you are looking for resources or professional help to assist you in the grieving process, we are here to help.
You are not alone. Connect with others who may be going through the same thing, find professional help and resources near you. The Kinjunxion community is here to help.
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Men & Grief
A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved One : a Resource for Caregivers and Mental Health Professionals
Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fourth Edition
A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner
Complicated Grieving and Bereavement
Understanding and Treating People Experiencing Loss
Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy
A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner
Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death and Grief
Diversity in Universality
Grieving Mental Illness
A Guide for Patients and Their Caregivers
The Many Faces of Bereavement
The Nature and Treatment of Natural, Traumatic, and Stigmatized Grief
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fifth Edition
A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner
Dimensions of grief
adjusting to the death of a spouse
On Grief and Grieving
Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
Children and Grief
When a Parent Dies
Grief Support Group
Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children
* children ages 3-12
* parent-caregiver groups
* groups meet twice monthly - call for details
Educational presentations and consultations to schools, educational organizations, employers, community agencies, faith communities and other groups on topics that include:
* understanding the grieving process
* understanding children's and teen grief
* talking to children about death and dying
* supporting employees who are grieving
* supporting grieving students at school
Acclaim Health - Hospice and Bereavement Support - Oakville - Speers Rd
- hospice coordinators meet with clients and caregivers in their home to understand their physical and emotional needs * they listen, support, educate and connect to resources in the community
- trained volunteers can provide much needed respite for caregivers, practical assistance and a listening ear
- in-home wellness services include complementary therapies and music therapy
Provides trained staff and volunteers to support individuals who are experiencing grief and loss through the death of a loved one * volunteer opportunities and training available * apply online
Bereavement peer support:
- one-on-one visits
- support groups: spousal/partner loss, adult child loss - run year round throughout Halton
- bereavement resource library in the Oakville office
- information on the grieving process
- bereavement walking group meets every Thu from 10am to 11:30am every fall and spring and in the early evening during the summer * registration is required * meeting registration will be provided upon registration * begins in the Bronte area (exact meeting place shared upon registration)
Bay Gardens Funeral Home - Friends In Grief
Spousal Loss, Tue, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Spousal Loss, Wed, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Adult Loss, every Wed, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Eight week groups:
Adult Loss, Mon, 1 pm-3 pm
Teen Loss, (14-18 years) Tue, 4 pm- 6 pm
Adult Youth Loss, (18-25 years) Tue, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Suicide Loss, Thu, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Monthly drop-in groups:
Suicide Loss, 2nd Wed of each month, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.
Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.
Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate listing here
General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.
Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate listing here
Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate listings here
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate listing here
PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.
2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.
3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.
Hamilton Mental Health Outreach
Parents for Children's Mental Health - Family Support Group - Burlington Chapter
* provide support, education, and empowerment by linking networks of families, communities, agencies and government
Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
* clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
* rapid psychiatric assessment
* treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
* assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
* specialized support to family and friends
* addictions counselling
* community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge