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COPING WITH LIFE AFTER LOSS
Cardinal’s commitment to comforting loss
How to support a grieving person
Coping with your own grief
Cardinal’s Bereavement Program
Cardinal’s Extended Family Services Program



How to support a grieving person

  • Call or visit the grieving person as soon as you can.
  • Help with practical matters - drive them to an appointment, walk their dog, prepare a meal.
  • Attend the visitation, services, burial
  • Don’t judge their feelings... avoid clichés or telling them how they “should” feel. There is a full range of sincere emotions, it is alright to cry, or to laugh.
  • Talk about the deceased, their life, their accomplishments.
  • Send a personal note reflecting on what the deceased meant to you and expressing your sympathy
  • Make a donation to a charity in memory of the deceased.



Coping with your own grief

Give time a chance to heal
Don’t feel guilty about how you’re handling the death
Forgive yourself for forgetfulness



Cardinal’s Bereavement Program

Services offered
Bereavement Centre


Services offered




Cardinal’s Bereavement Centre





Phyllis M. Russell, Bereavement Coordinator




Matt Coates, Bereavement Support staff




Cardinal’s Extended Family Services Program





Katharine Mamalyga, C.P.C., Pre-Need Counselor