Grief Counselling and Additional Support in our Community

Individual Grief Counselling by Donna Faus, M.A. Counselling, RSW

As a social worker, Donna is committed to offering a 'safe pasture' environment while counselling those who are hurting, grieving the loss of a loved one or just need someone to talk to and help. She has over 20 years of experience counselling people through a variety of challenges and losses, both professionally and personally and would be honoured to journey with you. Virtual appointments offered.

Phone:  519-580-7278

Shalom Counselling Services

Shalom is a community counselling agency providing counselling and consultation services since 1983. Staffed by registered counselling professionals, Shalom provides counselling services for a broad range of concerns, to people from all walks of life, backgrounds and belief systems. Thanks to many generous donors, Shalom makes counselling affordable and accessible with fees that are calculated on a sliding scale according to family income.

Phone:  519-886-9690

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council

The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council is a community-based non-profit aiming to increase awareness of and engagement in suicide prevention within our community to ultimately reduce suicide and its impact. We do so through education, training, and community engagement initiatives utilizing suicide prevention and positive life promotion messaging.

Phone:  519-884-0422

The Coping Centre

COPING was founded in 1990 by Glenn and Roslyn Crichton eight years after the loss of their five-year-old daughter, Rachele. Five days after being diagnosed with leukemia, Rachele died in the Children's Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada. As a result of their own grief journey the Crichton's quickly realized that support was needed for the whole family at such difficult times. A passion to companion grieving people grew in the Crichton's hearts and seven years after the death of Rachele, COPING Bereavement Support Groups of Ontario, Inc. was birthed. A Board of Directors was formed and the work, already begun, continued with vigor. COPING (Caring for Other People in Grief) is a registered, nonprofit, charitable organization, offering help and encouragement to everyone at no cost to the participants.

Phone:  519-650-0852

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region

BFAO’s mission is to build an empathetic community of peer support and education for individuals and families who are grieving:  the bereaved helping the bereaved so that no one has to walk alone through their journey of grief. Grief support programs, grieving the death of an infant, grieving the death of a child, mixed loss group, death by substance use, support for kids and teens.

Phone:  519-603-0196

St. Michaels Catholic Church Support Groups

Grief support provides companionship on the long journey through the grief process. St. Michael’s Parish offers a 6-week grief support program that follows the process developed by Dr. Bill Webster, an experienced leader in grief counselling.  This group provides fellowship for the journey through loss and grief.   All who have suffered a loss are welcome, regardless of how much time has passed since your loss.

This program is offered every Spring and Fall. 
We cover a new topic every week, watch a short video and have discussion. The topics consist of:

Week 1 – The Experience of Grief
Week 2 – What is Grief
Week 3 – Understanding the Process of Grief Avoidance
Week 4 – Confronting the Reality – Grief Attacks, Guilt, and Anger
Week 5 – Confronting Adjustments, Including Loneliness
Week 6 – Reorganization

Phone:  519-884-9311