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Grief and Bereavement during COVID-19

All of a sudden we’ve all moved into a new house in a new country; where there is new etiquette, vocabulary, and habits to learn.  Where everything is different, but somehow the same. But we recognize this Griefhouse –  whether a long time resident or one flung back for a visit triggered by recent events.  …

Four Square Breathing Technique (also know as Box Breathing)

An effective way to settle a panic or anxiety and to reduce the fight or flight response is to BREATHE. Even the Canadian Special Forces and the Navy Seals use the Four Square Breathing Technique to stay out of the fight or flight response. This is the technique: Step One:Take a breath in through your nose…

Thrive – Spotlight on Counselling

Whether you are an individual, a couple, or a family struggling with a problem, Thrive’s highly trained counsellors can help. Being sensitive to your individual and family values and goals, we will work with you to build upon your strengths in order to meet the challenges of life, and to use these as opportunities for…

Coping with the Holidays

It is that time of year. You know what I mean. That time when there are more invitations, more people and more events to navigate. Then there are the gifts: for co-workers, friends or family. It can be overwhelming. Everyone asking “How are you doing?” Reminding us that our whole life feels like a question…

Book review: Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande

So what does a good day look like?  This is one of the question’s embedded in Dr. Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal.  What is important to us? Makes us special and gives us the desire to live? Dr Gawande guides us eloquently through conversations with his own patients as they navigate their care and the…

“Shouldn’t You be Over That by Now?”

How to Respond to Judgment with both Grace & Clarity Blog from Megan Devine’s website Refuge in Grief A newsletter reader sent me this question: How can I deal with people who expect me to be “over this” already? My fiancée died almost two years ago. How can I convince them it’s alright that I’m not…

It’s OK not to be OK

This month Bridges finds us a bit further along in our journey.  We have completed the paperwork; written all the thank you notes and neighbors have stopped dropping off lasagna at the house.  By now we ask ourselves “Shouldn’t I have the hang of this by now?  How it can be two months, six months…

Distress Centre Halton

Distress Centre Halton provides telephone and online support to people in our community to better cope with crisis, loneliness, and emotional stress. Our Services: You don’t have to be alone. Having the support of a friendly person who cares about your feelings and what you’re going through can make all the difference. We know that…

Widowed Friends

  Widowed Friends is a Halton based community of widows and widowers. While it is a group exclusively for people who have experienced the loss of a spouse, it is not a grief support organization. Widowed Friends primary purpose is to provide a safe, social atmosphere for people who have lost their spouses and who…

Welcome and Bienvenue to Bridges.

Acclaim Health’s Bereavement Program is pleased to provide a new service. Once a month we will be publishing a monthly online newsletter via email and will include articles, local information and tips. It will be curated at Acclaim Health locally, and speak to the interests and concerns expressed by our Halton clients. Grief is diverse,…

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