Grief Support

Individual Grief Support

Our team offers one on one support to individuals and families when a person is terminally ill or after a person dies. We have social work staff for both adult grief, as well as grief support for children and youth. This may include support for the individual who is dying, or for those connected to the individual. Services are offered in our office, in community and school settings where we assist individuals in making sense of their world after the death of a person in their lives or when death is near. Support includes learning about our feelings around a death, dying, grieving, and anything associated with these emotions.

Please CONTACT US to learn more about how we can best support you and your family.

Grief Groups

Family Centred & Peer Led Group Facilitation Model

  • Eight (8) Week Group
  • Six (6) Week Social Group

Our program is based on The Dougy Centre Model, an internationally recognized peer grief support program for children, teens, young adults, and their families.

Camps & Retreats

  • Camps for Children & Youth
  • Family Retreats

Venner Memorial Garden

Joanne Venner (1942-2011) born in Advocate and raised in Joggins, was a remarkable woman who had a unique gift for making friends and creating community wherever she lived.  Mother, grandmother, wife, superb friend, Joanne was also known for her leadership, generosity and volunteerism.

Shortly before her death, Joanne made an extraordinary donation to Colchester East Hants Hospice Society – she bequeathed her home.  That home was sold and proceeds from the sale enabled the society to purchase the 89 Queen Street location as their permanent space. We are incredibly grateful to Joanne and her amazing legacy that will bring comfort to others in our community.

The Venner Community Garden is in honour of Joanne and her legacy.  Several of her perennials have been transplanted in the garden and will remain with the Hospice Society for years to come as a testament to her life, generosity, community spirit and vision.