Peer-led support groups began in Fall 2012, for those who have lost a loved one. All programs are provided free of charge. Please contact our Bereavement Coordinator, Trish Dominie, for further information on attending a group.

Every individual grieves differently, so we don’t expect children, teens, or adults to conform to a preconceived notion about the grieving process. Children (ages 3 and up) and their families will participate in small, age-appropriate, peer support groups that meet (weekly or bi-weekly) and are facilitated by screened and extensively trained volunteers who are supported by our staff. Complex situations may be referred to a professional as required.

The groups are classified as follows:

“Littles” ages 3-5 “Middles” ages 6-9 “Pre-teens” ages 10-12
“Teens” ages 13-16 “Young adults” ages 17+ “Adults”

TUGS PROGRAM - Together Understanding Grief Support Program

Together Understanding Grief Support was delivered in 2011/2012 to all 137 elementary, junior, and high schools in the Halifax Regional School Board. This program involved an informational presentation by our Bereavement Coordinator and the donation of over 2,000 carefully selected books, DVDs, and teachers’ guides specifically related to assisting grieving children and teens in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. The program continues to be our community outreach program providing “good grief” support & education to businesses, hospitals, individuals, schools and universities.

All of our programs including TUGS have been funded through the generosity of the IWK Foundation, Mental Health Foundation of NS, Telus, Southeastern Community Health Board, Chebucto West Community Health Board, Halifax Community Health Board, Dartmouth Community Health Board, and other private donations.