The James Reid Funeral Home Bereavement SUpport Program

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“It’s one of those things where you don’t know what you don’t know.”

Bereavement support. That’s what this family member is talking about. When her husband died, she thought she’d cry at home, head out and get things done, rinse and repeat. It was a busy time taking care of his estate. Now, months later, the stress is finally less. She has competently managed. But she is discovering that there is more.

That’s where James Reid Funeral Home comes in with Bereavement Support. It’s not articles online. It’s not a monthly mailing. It’s a relationship built with one of two Bereavement Support Providers through monthly phone calls or visits for a year after the service (or for six hour-long sessions for self-referrals from the community). It’s a safe place to learn what you don’t know you don’t know about the grief process. With a listening ear, it’s exploring the ways you may be feeling you are going crazy, and finding assurance that you’re not. 

It’s also finding a grieving community. James Reid Funeral Home leads a monthly Public Information Evening and spring and fall Walking Through Grief Group, co-hosted by Hospice Kingston, at Lemoine Point.  Everyone is welcomed by the Support Providers and by peers for whom Bereavement Support is breaking out of the default isolation. It’s the chance to sit, walk, share and listen with others who are there too. 

As this family member speaks with James Reid Funeral Home Bereavement Support, she is exploring her natural response to an unwelcomed event. She is sharing a vocabulary of grief that is a precious commodity for her. Self-understanding and clarity about her responses increase her all-over health. James Reid Funeral Home continues relationship with family members and contributes to the greater community through supporting bereaved people after a death. 

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Public Information Meetings

The Bereavement Support Coordinators lead a reflection on an aspect of grief monthly. We meet in the James Reid Funeral Home Reception Centre, from 7-9 p.m., on the first Monday of each month (except July and August). Refreshments are provided. Opportunities to share your story and to hear others are made available, with no pressure to talk.

James Reid Funeral Home Bereavement Support Program

Public Information Evenings: 2020 – 2021 Schedule

~the first Monday evening of the month (except July & Aug), 7-9 pm~ 

Sept 14 The First Year
Oct 5Coping with the Holidays
Nov 2When Life Goes Sideways
Dec 7Candle Lighting Service: See "Current Services"
Jan 4Seasons of Grief
Feb 8Resolutions in the Fog of Grief
Mar 1Keeping Hope Alive
Apr 5Self Compassion
May 3Meaning Making in Grief 
Jun 7Social Event

Where?      We'll meet via Zoom or in person each month, depending on where we're at with Covid-19 regulations. Please  email or call us at 613-544-3411 or to RSVP.

When?       The First Monday of the Month  7 - 9 pm

What?        A Presentation, Discussion, Refreshments

Who?        All Are Welcome to Attend

How?        No Cost, but RSVP is needed as we follow Public Health Regulations.

Phone or email please to reserve your spot. If in-person, personal face coverings are mandatory, as is keeping 2 metres apart from people you are not "bubbling" with. 

​Click Here to Read past talks

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Walking through grief group

In conjunction with Hospice Kingston, James Reid's offer a bereavement walking group at Lemoine Point Conservation area during the spring and the fall. Our walking group invites all bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of someone significant.  We enjoy the refuge of Lemoine Point and the understanding of others. If you are grieving and would like to make connections with nature and people, this walk is for you.

This Fall 2020 we will watch our Covid-19 situation and post if we will be able to hold a walking group or not. Normally, it would be held every Tuesday EVENING for six weeks at 6:30 pm to 7:30pm, Picnic refreshments from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm (optional)--these could be a bottle of water and water snacks you bring yourself, in lawn chairs you bring yourself, spaced 2 metres apart. 

​* Unfortunately, our Walking Through Grief Group is suspended until Public Health Guidelines allow for non-bubbled people to be closer than 2 metres apart. 

Usually we meet at the main parking lot – follow Coverdale Drive and past Rotary Park entrance to Lemoine Point. ). Cancellation due to bad weather.

If unsure, call James Reid’s, 613-544-3411. There is no charge for this group.

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James Reid FUneral Home Lending Library

Please feel free to browse our well-stocked bookcase of books relating to grief and bereavement. You may borrow these books freely after Public Information Evenings or during regular funeral home hours. There is a three-month lending period.

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Therese has worked in many fields including church ministry, business, palliative care and bereavement. Therese also has been volunteering since the age of 6. She finds time to crochet and loves spending time with her dog. She and her husband have 4 wonderful children and enjoy precious time with their 5 grandchildren. 

NANCY HANCOCK, M.Div. (Tyndale Theological Seminary), is an ordained minister who worked as a hospital and community chaplain for 20 years, 15 of those in Kingston.  Nancy enjoys singing in choirs, is active in her church, and a proud mother of four and grandmother of two. 

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Our 2019 Candle Lighting Ceremony

Please COntact our Bereavement SUpport Coordinators

Phone: 613-544-3411

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