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I am grieving a loved one.

What are my next steps?

You may feel like the world has suddenly come to a halt. Time seems to stand still for you in the face of loss. Please know that grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss and your emotions are powerful.


No one can fully understand the depth of grief you feel. Your relationship with the person you have lost is unique, and it is something that only the two of you could share. Your feelings are valid. You might feel a mix of shock and disbelief, sadness and guilt, or pain and grief. Maybe all of these emotions. Someone precious to you is gone and you need time to process what has happened. 


Everyone’s lived experiences are different and there is no set timeline for how long the grieving process takes. Although we can’t grasp how overwhelmed you may feel, we hope that we can be a support to you in your time of need. During these difficult times it is important to show love to yourself and take care of your physical health and mental well-being.

Suggested steps that may be helpful

  • Acknowledge how you feel, your pain, your grief.

  • Seek out support from people who care about you. Ask them to listen without feeling the need to provide advice.

  • Support and take care of yourself by showing yourself some love.

  • Express your feelings in a tangible or creative way.

  • Write about your loss in a journal, make a scrapbook celebrating a life well lived, or write letters saying the things you never got to say.

  • Try to maintain your hobbies and interests. Find a routine.

  • When you are ready sign up for our Grief Recovery Method sessions to help you recovery from your grief.

  • Talk to a therapist or a grief counsellor.  


When you feel ready Huron Shores Hospice offers an educational program that provides a safe, evidence-based environment for grievers to take effective and lasting action. We have three certified Grief Recovery Method Specialists® who can help facilitate your journey through your emotions with compassion, confidentiality and dignity. 


Educational Program Delivery Methods

Small Group

We offer a safe space for you to look at your beliefs and deal with loss. We provide next steps that will lead you to work through unresolved emotions that may be causing you pain. These small groups are led by Grief Recovery Method Specialists, trained and certified by the Grief Recovery Institute.



If you prefer to work face-to-face with a trained and certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist rather than in a group setting these sessions are provided. This meeting format utilizes the same materials as the group programs but in a more private setting.



For those who do not have access to a trained and certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist in their immediate area, or prefer on-line sessions, this format is extremely effective. These specialists have been carefully selected and specifically trained to offer Grief Recovery Method Support in this setting over a secured network.

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