When a loved one dies by substance use, the grief that follows can be complicated. Sadness, anger and guilt can be accompanied by shame, loneliness and isolation. The stigma attached with a drug or alcohol-related death may prevent families from reaching out, sharing their stories or seeking support out of fear of judgement.
Grief can be an incredibly isolating experience on its own. Layer that with the complexities that come with a death by substance use, families are hit with stigma twice over.
With our Living with Loss peer support group specifically for individuals impacted by drug or alcohol-related deaths, we are hoping to lessen the stigma, encourage dialogue and create a safe, welcoming space for people who are grieving to share stories about their loved ones and learn to heal.
Helping people understand they are not alone on their grief journey is at the foundation of what we do at Bereaved Families. There is hope and healing knowing there are others who get it, who have walked a similar path and can empathize with what you are going through.
Living with Loss is an open, drop-in group and no registration is required.
Living with Loss for adults grieving the death of a loved one by substance use runs:
- The third Wednesday of every month
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm
- The Family Centre, 65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2H6
2019 Dates and Topics
|June 19||Secondary Losses|
|September 18||Changing Relationships|
|October 16||Creating a Wheel of Support|
|November 20||Uniqueness of My Grief|
|December 18||Coping with the Holidays|
To download a PDF of the schedule, please click here.