Bruce Peninsula Hospice and Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living (BPACL) collaborate on a new program to support Adults with an Intellectual Disability who are experiencing grief in our community.
In the spring of 2017, Bruce Peninsula Hospice received a call from Laura Balint, Program Manager of BPACL, inquiring about grief support for a number of recipients of their services who had experienced the death of someone close to them. In the course of the following months, a support group was organized for participants here locally and a guide has now been produced for others to replicate the program developed. Bruce Peninsula Hospice was gratefully guided by their colleagues at Huron Hospice Volunteer Services who developed a similar program in 2013.
“Our organization is very thankful for the opportunity to work together with Bruce Peninsula Hospice to build capacity and know-how in the community so people with intellectual disabilities can access supports in their community to learn strategies to cope with their loss” said Michele Bell, Executive Director, Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living.
The 20-page guide, Up and Away, outlines a four week program of activities and topics of conversations to encourage the sharing of grief feelings and to normalize these feelings.
“We are so grateful to have had this collaboration with BPACL and the support of Community Foundation Grey Bruce to make it happen.” said Paul Lavigne, Chair. “We look forward to sharing the program so that others will have a guide to facilitate bereavement support in their communities when there is a need.”