How Our Grief Support Groups in Toronto Can Help

Every individual experiences grief differently, but early access to the right care can have an enormous impact on your healing journey. That’s why we present a range of therapeutic options, so you can find the help that’s right for you.

The goal of working through grief is not about “getting over it" or “letting go," it’s about developing healthy connections and healing strategies that allow you to function well day to day and thrive long-term. If you are struggling with your grieving process, our care options and learning activities can help you navigate through your personal process more effectively.

Our Services

When you are grieving, finding the strength to take care of yourself can be incredibly challenging. Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services is here to give you the support you need to do just that. We have done the searching for you, giving you a place to connect with peers and professionals who can help you face your grief, process your emotions and build valuable coping skills.

Individual Bereavement Counselling

Professional, supportive one-on-one therapy that helps you process your feelings and develop healing strategies.

EDMR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Group Counselling

Although there are a variety of grief groups to offer support to individuals, Good Grief! has come to value offering unique support groups where participants share some commonalities beyond the death of a loved one.

You can see all of our current and upcoming group counselling sessions on our events page.

Bereavement Buddies

A unique program that matches bereaved individuals with a “buddy" for informal support.

Workshops and events

We are constantly organizing free workshops and events. We also post event recordings on our website!

Professional Enrichment

Events and workshops for professionals such as physicians, social workers, psychologists, spiritual leaders and others who provide support to bereaved individuals and families.

Fees for Grief Support Groups in Toronto

As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services is committed to providing information, intake and matching services at no cost to those who need them.

All of our counsellors set their own fees for their services ranging from $110-$200 per grief support group Toronto session.  We do not add any markup or take a percentage of their fee and they do not pay anything to be listed as part of our professional community.

If you have access to employee benefits, check your plan to see what coverage you have for registered mental healthcare professionals such as psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists.

Fees for Grief Support Groups Toronto

As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services is committed to providing information, intake and matching services at no cost to those who need them.

All of our counsellors set their own fees for their services ranging from $110-$200 per session.  We do not add any markup or take a percentage of their fee and they do not pay anything to be listed as part of our professional community.

If you have access to employee benefits, check your plan to see what coverage you have for registered mental healthcare professionals such as psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists.

Why Counselling?

Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating. Sometimes the passing is expected after a long illness. Knowing a loved one is no longer suffering might even ease the pain. In other situations, death comes suddenly and unexpectedly, and the shock adds other dimensions to the grief.

Either way, grieving is a normal response with many complex stages and emotions that affect every individual differently. Some people will manage the process with support from family, friends and community. For others, grief support groups can be a powerful tool to help navigate the grieving process.

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Benefits of Counselling

Throughout our lives, many of us have been taught to keep sadness or overwhelming emotions to ourselves. Opening up to peers or professionals can be incredibly painful but also enormously powerful.

Grief Support Groups Toronto Can Help You

  • Know you are not alone
  • Understand stages of grief
  • Learn how to face and express your full range of feelings
  • Focus on specific areas in your life where coping is difficult
  • Identify strategies to help you cope
  • Work through the process of grieving in a safe environment
  • Accept that your life may never be the same, but healing is possible

When to Seek Help

Grieving is a highly individual experience that can have overwhelming physical, mental, and emotional impacts.

Your health and wellbeing matter. We encourage you to seek help if

  • You are finding it difficult to function day to day
  • Your grief is making you feel unwell or unsafe
  • You experience symptoms of depression, anxiety or PTSD
  • Symptoms that started soon after your loss are getting worse
  • You are consuming excess alcohol, abusing drugs or using other distractions to avoid painful feelings

Benefits of Counselling

Throughout our lives, many of us have been taught to keep sadness or overwhelming emotions to ourselves. Opening up to peers or professionals can be incredibly painful but also enormously powerful.

Grief Support Groups Toronto Can Help You

  • Know you are not alone
  • Understand stages of grief
  • Learn how to face and express your full range of feelings
  • Focus on specific areas in your life where coping is difficult
  • Identify strategies to help you cope
  • Work through the process of grieving in a safe environment
  • Accept that your life may never be the same, but healing is possible

When to Seek Help

Grieving is a highly individual experience that can have overwhelming physical, mental, and emotional impacts.

Your health and wellbeing matter. We encourage you to seek help if

  • You are finding it difficult to function day to day
  • Your grief is making you feel unwell or unsafe
  • You experience symptoms of depression, anxiety or PTSD
  • Symptoms that started soon after your loss are getting worse
  • You are consuming excess alcohol, abusing drugs or using other distractions to avoid painful feelings

Find a Counsellor

All Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services counsellors have been selected for their professional credentials and commitment to providing compassionate care. Our counsellors and their biographies are below.  Please contact us to be matched and set your first appointment.

North

Faina Ben David, MSW

Mark Weitz, MSW

Mandy Levitt, MA

Shirley Nussbaum, Registered Psychotherapist

Central-North

Lesley Suchter, RSW

Central-Midtown

Sari Shaicovitch, RSW

East

Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW, ExAT

Andrea Warnick, BA Nursing, MA Thalantology

Downtown

Jillian Hosey, RSW, EMDR

Andrea Kwan, RSW, Psychotherapist

Tara Noble, MSW, RSW EMDR Therapist

Andrea Skitch, RSW, Psychotherapist, EMDR

North

Faina Ben David, MSW

Mandy Levitt, MA

Shirley Nussbaum, Registered Psychotherapist

Mark Weitz, MSW

Central-North

Lesley Suchter, RSW

Central-Midtown

Jillian Hosey, RSW, EMDR

Sari Shaicovitch, RSW

East

Andrea Warnick, BA Nursing, MA Thalantology

Downtown

Andrea Kwan, RSW, Psychotherapist

Andrea Skitch, RSW, Psychotherapist, EMDR

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get started?

A: Please start by telling us about yourself and your needs by completing our intake form. From there we will be in touch with you about next steps.

Q: Are your services covered under OHIP?

A: In Ontario, only services provided by licensed physicians including psychiatrists are covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, many employee benefit plans do offer coverage for services provided by registered mental healthcare professionals such as psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists. If you have access to employee benefits, check your plan to see what coverage you have.

Q: What type of education/training do your counsellors have?

A: All Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services counsellors are social workers, psychologists or psychotherapists who are registered with their regulatory college. Our counsellors also have specialized training and professional expertise with grief and bereavement.

Q: Are you a registered charity?

A: Yes, we are a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity. We are focused on making quality bereavement services accessible to as many grieving people as possible in the GTA and rely on the generosity of donors to make these services possible. Our charitable number is 78331 7886 RR0001. We provide donation receipts for all contributions of $15 and more. Please consider making a donation.

Q: Are you affiliated with a religious organization?

A: No. We welcome people of all faiths and affiliations – or none at all – to take advantage of our services.

Q: What are your fees?

A: As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services is committed to providing information, intake and matching services at no cost to those who need them. All of our counsellors set their own fees for their services ranging from $110-$200 per session. We do not add any markup or take a percentage of their fee and they do not pay anything to be listed as part of our professional community. If you have access to employee benefits, check your plan to see what coverage you have for registered mental healthcare professionals such as psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists.

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