Palliative Care Bereavement Program
Palliative Care


Palliative Care Bereavement Services provides grief and bereavement support for the family and friends of patients who have received care from the Palliative Care Program in Central Zone.  This support includes one-on-one and family grief counseling, grief supports groups, memorial services, and grief related resources.   The Bereavement Coordinator is available to provide 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.

The bereavement coordinator offers grief counseling in person, over the phone and virtually through zoom.

Where is it offered?

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

*On Wednesdays the Bereavement Coordinator is based out of Alderney Gate Public Library (60 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth).

How do I access the service?

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.

Grief Groups

Many people find comfort in knowing they are not alone in their grief. These sessions provide the opportunity to come together in a supportive environment to explore the grief experience with others. Grief 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.

Closed Groups
(members committo attending all sessions andregister in advance so facilitator can ensure group is a good match for all):

  • Chocolate Lake CommunityCentre
    • Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    • Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Living with the death of a parent (Virtual (Zoom)
    • Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

Open Groups
(members may join at any time and are welcome to attend one or all sessions)

  • Alderney Gate Library
    • Wednesdays 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
    • Sept. 27 through Dec. 13
  • Windsor Regional Library (Second Thursday of the month)
    • Thursdays 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9
  • Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library (Third Thursday of the month)
    • Thursday, Sept. 21 - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Oct. 19 - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Thursday, Nov. 16 - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

To register for any group or for more information email or call 902-473-1622

Printable version of the schedule can be found here.


Palliative Care and Nephrology Memorial Service

The Palliative Care and Nephrology Memorial Service took place on September 18, 2023 at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Family, friends and staff were invited to honor their loved ones who have died while under our care.

This webpage will be updated with details for the 2024 memorial service once planning is underway.

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