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Palliative Care Bereavement Program - Central Zone

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Palliative Care Bereavement Service provides grief support for the family and friends of patients who have received care from the Palliative Care Program in Central Zone. This support includes grief counseling, grief supports groups, memorial services, and grief related resources.

If you are the family member or friend of somebody who has died while under the care of Palliative Care Service and are looking for support with your grieving, please reach out.

The Bereavement Service includes a Bereavement Coordinator who can provide grief counseling, and volunteers who can help you to navigate other grief related resources and information.

The Bereavement Coordinator also provides grief related information to the wider community, including the public, community agencies, healthcare providers, NSH staff and volunteers. Working together with NSH team members and other community partners, this role supports and encourages grief literacy and education in a variety of ways.

Grief support offered through the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Program, including free individual counseling and grief groups, can be accessed by calling 1-833-903-6243 or 902-491-5892. 

Government of Canada Grief Support

Grief Groups

Living with the Death of a Parent; Living with the Death of a Spouse & Grief Support Group

Grief support groups provide the opportunity to come together in a supportive environment to explore the grief experience with others.

There are different types of grief support groups that meet different people’s needs. The grief groups offered through the Palliative Care Bereavement Service are closed 6-week groups, which means that participants commit to 6 weeks of meetings with the same folks. They are modelled after the BC Bereavement Helpline Traumatic Loss Support Group facilitator training and Resource Guide.

Prior to joining the group every participant will meet with one of the facilitators for an initial meeting. This provides the opportunity to explain the group and answer your questions. These groups are open to friends and family of those who have died in the care of Palliative Care Service and are over the age of 18.

The Palliative Care Bereavement Service is currently offering these grief support groups:

Living with the Death of a Parent - 6-week session, virtual 
January 25 – February 29
Thursdays 6PM-8PM

Living with the Death of a Spouse - 6-week session, virtual  
Tuesdays 6PM-8PM
Group will start once it is full

Grief Support Group - 6-week, in person, Alderney Gate Library 
April 10 – May 8
Wednesdays from 1-3PM

If you are interested in any of these groups, please contact 902-473-1622 or to arrange a time for an intake.

Palliative Care & Oncology Memorial Service

Palliative Care & Oncology Memorial Service
Tuesday, April 2 at 6-7 p.m.
Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

This memorial provides an opportunity to publicly honor those who have died while receiving care from Palliative Care and/or Oncology. Family, friends and staff are welcome.

You are invited to being along a framed photograph of the deceased, which will be placed at the front of the room during the service. The photo will be returned to you.

Light refreshments will be provided following the memorial.

Kindly let us know if you'll be able to attend by RSVP’ing to help us coordinate and ensure a mutually supportive experience for all.

For questions or to register please call Krista (902) 220-4398 or email

For more information, please visit our website

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

Victoria Building
Part of QEII Health Sciences Centre
1276 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Bereavement Coordinator’s office is in the Victoria General Hospital, on the Palliative Care Floor (Floor: 7A, Office: 055).

On Wednesdays  grief counselling is available at  Alderney Gate Public Library  - 60 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth

On the fourth Friday of every month grief counseling is available at Sackville Public Library, 636 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville

Grief and Bereavement Services can be accessed through self-referral by contacting the Bereavement Coordinator. 

Palliative Care Bereavement Coordinator: Jocelyne Tranquilla
Phone: 902-473-1622

When you call the Bereavement Coordinator you can expect to speak with a kind professional who will explain the grief services available and answer any questions that you may have.

Patient Education Resources

Ten Things to Know About Grief

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Although your grief is unique to your relationship with the person who died, there are some common themes. Our staff, volunteers, and bereaved people have identified 10 things as important in understanding your grief. This pamphlet is also available in French.


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