Bruce Peninsula Hospice was delighted to collaborate with Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living to present Up & Away at two provincial conferences:
Community Living Ontario, September 14th and the Bereavement Ontario Network, October 13th.
Part of everyone’s life is dealing with grief and loss. It is important that people with intellectual disabilities get the same support during the grieving process that any other member of the community or culture would receive. Their pain cannot go unnoticed. Families’, friends’, and support workers’ ability to access supports in the community is essential in aiding the person to deal with the feeling of grief, experience support, and have their voices heard.
Up and Away is a Facilitators’ Guide for providing grief support groups for adults with a developmental disability created in 2018 by Bruce Peninsula Hospice with the assistance of Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living and the support of Community Foundation Grey Bruce. The Guide was based on an earlier program created in 2013 by Huron Hospice Volunteer Service and developed with the assistance of the Bereavement Committee of Bruce Peninsula Hospice, Volunteer Elaine Bell and staff. The presentations introduced participants to ideas and different methods to engage in sharing feelings, memories, worries, and other manifestations that people experience after the death of someone significant to them.