Serving the needs of the faithful in Southwestern Ontario

Helpful Links

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Bereaved families of Ontario – Southwest is a non profit organization which provides support services to hundreds of families throughout Southwestern Ontario who have experienced the death of a child or children.  Bereaved parents and their families are offered support and guidance by trained volunteers who have experienced similar losses. The membership continues to grow and is currently over 750 families.

CanadaGenWeb.org – Debuted in 2004 as a volunteer project of CanadaGenWeb and currently offers a free and searchable listing of over 18,000 known Canadian cemeteries.  This volunteer built database offers a variety of information geared towards genealogists:  Names, locations & histories of cemeteries; Links to repositories & genealogy organizations that offer further information and/or assistance; and, Lookup offers, transcripts, indexes, and photos compiled by volunteers.  This project is classified as “in progress” — we do not yet have information on every Canadian cemetery but with your help this can be accomplished.

Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths – Offers of peer-to-peer support from parents who have experienced a similar loss; parents who may be able to guide you through this difficult journey since they have gone through it themselves.

Canadian Mental Health Association for Windsor/Essex – Supportive grief counselling and education; and, facilitated support groups for adults.  Provides a continuum of support for individual children, families, professional caregivers and the child’s social environment, to assist children to effectively deal with bereavement issues.

Catholic Door Ministry – PRAYERS – The world’s largest, most popular and most linked to collection of Catholic prayers on the internet.  Prayers are your tools to answering God’s call.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.  Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.  Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

Companioning the Bereaved – Individual grief counselling.
Sr. Patricia Hogan CSJ, MA, M.Ed.
St. Joseph Centre
3-5452 Tecumseh Road East
Windsor, ON N8T 1C7
519-945-6450

Daya Counselling Centre – Helps people and families experience a healthy grief response by providing community education and professional development.

Diocese of London

Holy Family Retreat House

Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services
Cemeteries Regulation Unit   1-800-889-9768
Outline of the steps you need to take when planning or pre-planning a funeral, burial or cremation. They also explain your consumer rights under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network – PAIL Network provides a variety of unique support services that have been tailored specifically to meet the needs of grieving families. The organization has developed and implemented education training seminars for health care professionals, caregivers, clergy and funeral directors on how to best support families.

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children – Healing hearts with hope.

St. Joseph’s Hospice for London/Middlesex – Hospice supports grieving children and teens by providing a variety of specialized programs aimed at helping them cope with the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, guardian or close friend. Through special retreat days and day camps, grieving children and teens are given the chance to express their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment and given the tools to cope with the loss of their loved one.

St. Joseph’s Hospice for Sarnia/Lambton – Programs for adult bereavement and support for parents of grieving children.

The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County – Realizing that many children may not have the tools to understand – let alone process – the feelings they are experiencing at a time of loss, our team is continually developing the best model of care; to provide children with the opportunity and ability to mourn and survive emotionally.

SELF-HELP RESOURCES

Canadian Virtual Hospice – Information and support on loss and grief
Centre for Loss and Transition – Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Creighton University – Resources for Grieving
Grief Share – Grief recovery support groups formed across Canada
MADD Canada
Society of St. Vincent de Paul