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Compassion in Crisis: Grief Support

COHA offers support to help anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Professional counseling, specific to grief and loss due to the death of a loved one, is offered at no cost to COHA clients, from children to seniors, to support them through their grief journey.

Our counsellors have transitioned to virtual or phone support at this time. With the onset of the pandemic, we are experiencing a shift in needs and increasing the level of counselling services provided.

Social distancing brings more loss: the loss of personal freedom, of going where you want when you want; the loss of gathering in-person with friends that support one another; the loss of routines that are helpful in hard times; the loss of physical affection. Clients will also grieve the loss of being with their support system in their greatest time of need, adding complexity to their grief.

As our community sees deaths due to COVID19, we believe individuals who might not have accessed counseling due to their support system will turn to us. Family members can’t travel at this time; they won’t be present when their loved one dies. They can’t gather with family, hold funerals, cremations, or burials as they wished at this time. Research shows that loss of ritual surrounding death prolongs and complicates the grieving process. This will require additional grief support.

COHA strongly believes that the community’s need for counseling services will grow as COVID19 evolves. This may be through increased referrals, more complex grieving and increased demand for extra counselling sessions.

COHA must continue this crucial service to meet the demand during this pandemic and encourage clients to call rather then not to call, or have clients face escalating anxiety or wonder “what now” when they use all 8 sessions and still need our support.

Grief support during COVID19 is vital so our community and clients may begin their healing with the help they need. Now is the time.

Please make your donation to COHA’s Compassion in Crisis campaign today.

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