Grief and Bereavement Services

VON Durham Hospice Services’ Grief and Bereavement Program assists individuals who have experienced a death. Our Grief and Bereavement Care Coordinators provide assessment, and service provision for individuals living and coping with grief and bereavement. The Coordinators also provide continuity of care with one-to-one programming, support groups, education, and referrals to other community support services when appropriate. 

VON Durham Hospice Services offers peer-based grief and bereavement support programs facilitated by trained volunteers to anyone who has had a person in their life die regardless of the cause of death. The aim of this support is to assist individuals in their journey to cope with their grief and bereavement, and find meaning after loss.

Our trained volunteers can support clients in both one-on-one and group settings. These supports provide a safe place to share your story, and to develop coping strategies. Both one-to-one and group supports occur for eight sessions.

Our current group offerings include:

  • Partner Loss Group
  • Parental Loss Group
  • Mixed Loss Group
  • Homicide Loss Group
  • Children and Teens Grief and Bereavement Support Program

Groups occur at least 3 times a year.

VON Durham Hospice Services also offers a Pet Loss Support Group that runs for one session, on an as-needed basis.

Our peer support programs are not intended to replace professional counseling services. They offer a space to work through grief and bereavement with compassion.


VON Durham Hospice Services

1615 Dundas Street East, Lang Tower West Building, Whitby, ON L1N 2L1

T: 905-240-4522 | Toll Free: 1-877-668-9414 | Fax: 905-240-4533


VON Durham Hospice Services serves all of the residents of Durham Region with respect and dignity.  We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we serve and operate on is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, which is home to many First Nation, Inuit, and Métis People. We are a team that is committed to learning, understanding, and acknowledging the colonialist history faced by Indigenous peoples and the impact this history has today. We aim to provide culturally safe and anti-bias approaches to hospice palliative care across our team’s disciplines.

© 2019 Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada, Ontario Branch - Durham Site

Charitable Number: 119 284 453 RR0001