Grief support is an unmet need for too many
Canadians. To help address this need,
the Canadian Virtual Hospice in cooperation with national and international
grief experts, family members who have “been there” and pan-Canadian partners
have developed MyGrief.ca. This free online resource helps people
understand and work through their loss from the comfort of their home and at
their own pace.
Divided into nine sections, MyGrief.ca enables people to find the
information they are seeking quickly. Its topics include recognizing how grief
affects you before and after death; facing emotions such as sadness,
loneliness, anger, guilt and fear; managing situations that trigger grief;
managing family dynamics; dealing with unhelpful comments and unwanted advice;
and creating a life without the person who died.
MyGrief.ca answers common questions such as “When will I be over my grief?” and “What’s the right way to grieve?”
(Answers: You never get over loss; you learn to live with it. There is
no single “right” way to grieve.) It
explains the difference between grief and depression and the signs that someone
might be stuck in their grief. It
recognizes that sometimes death comes as a relief when the relationship was
difficult or the dying process long and hard.
MyGrief.ca was developed by the Canadian Virtual Hospice in collaboration with
a pan-Canadian team of family members and grief experts including Dr. Robert
Neimeyer, renowned international grief expert. Funding was provided by the
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. For more information, contact Marissa@virtualhospice.ca.
Virtual Hospice (virtualhospice.ca and portailpalliatif.ca) is the most
comprehensive online source of evidence-based information on palliative and end-of-life
care, loss and grief in the world. It serves people living with advanced
illness, family members, health care providers, educators and researchers.