Grief Support Tool Kit

Where to find general information, local health care services, and support for bereavement, financial and legal concerns.

Grief Support Tool Kit

General Information         

Refuge In Grief

An online community and resource that helps people survive some of the hardest experiences of their lives. Resources and support provide understanding, compassion, validation, and the skills one needs to survive. Created by Megan Divine, psychotherapist, writer, grief advocate and communication expert.

Advanced Care Planning / Speak Up Canada

Resources and tools for individuals to use to communicate and reflect on the type of care they want in the future if they were not able to speak for themselves. Information about how to make a plan.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Call: 613-241-3663
Toll Free: 1-800-668-2785

Information about the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada—its work includes public policy, public education, and awareness; information about campaigns, projects, directory of services.  

Virtual Hospice

Information and support on advanced illness, palliative care and grief; topics related to providing care, emotional health, supporting children with grief, discussion forums.

Bereavement Support

Rushnell Funeral Home

Toll Free: 1-800-568-9714

Burial and cremation arrangement services, information regarding bereavement support, community resources.

Weaver Funeral Home

Call: 613-394-2433              

Burial and cremation arrangement services, information regarding bereavement support, community resources  

Hospice Quinte

Call: 613-966-6610        

Information and resources, bereavement support, caregiver support, visiting hospice, education and training

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario

Call: 647-483-2645                                                
Toll Free: 1-844-493-6365

Government delegated authority administering provisions of the funeral, burial and cremation services act, 2002. Information related to prearranging and arranging a funeral, burial or cremation.

Health Care

Access Centre for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

Links to resources related to health, finances, legal, housing, community services

Home and Community Care

South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Call: 613-966-3530

Health care services for individuals of all ages offered at home, at school, and in the community. Access to supported living programs and long-term care are coordinated by LHINs.

Financial Support

Canada Pension Plan

Toll Free: 1-800-277-9914

Information and application forms for Canada Pension Plan (monthly payments over the age of 65), CPP Survivor Benefits, Death Benefit

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

Legal Services Branch
Call: 416-314-2692
Toll Free: 1-800-366-0335, ext. 42692

Ministry of the Attorney General – Protecting mentally incapable people, searching for heirs for estates which the OPGT administers. Managing finances, making decisions about personal care, appointing private guardians of property, administering estates.

Legal Support

Community Advocacy and Legal Centre

Justice and Health Partnerships End of Life Planning
Call: 613-966-8686

Legal advice and services; free and confidential legal help for low income residents; commission and notarize documents; end of life planning documents – will, power of attorney  

Legal Aid Ontario

South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)                                                     
Toll free: 1-800-668-8258

If you qualify financially and have a legal issue that Legal Aid Ontario covers, they will help pay for a lawyer to represent you. Questions about legal matters.