Grief & Bereavement

Grief is the natural emotional, spiritual and physical reaction to loss. Everyone's grief experience is unique. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and no time limit on a person's grief.

Bereavement is the period of sadness following a death when grief is experienced.

If you are looking for information on grief and bereavement, know that you are not alone. We receive many requests and it is our hope that the resources provided in this section will help you find the information and support you seek to cope with your loss.

The following links contain information on the many facets of grief. The first link is from Capital Health Integrated Palliative Care Services.

10 Things to Know About Grief and Bereavement

The Grief Experience


What You Have to Do After Someone Has Passed Away - Access Nova Scotia have put together this guide to the organizations and affairs that should be dealt with following a death.

Coping with Grief and Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process - Helpguide’s mission is to help understand the grieving process. 

Helping Children and Youth Cope With Loss: Information for Caregivers - Facing a loss such as the death of a loved one is a particular struggle for children and youth.  This information sheet lets family and friends know how they can be supportive for children and youth coping with a loss.

Grief Toolbox - has a number of excellent articles.


Grief and Bereavement Support Groups in Nova Scotia (2016) - We recommend that you call before attending one of the groups in this directory, to make sure the group is still active. You can also call Caregivers Nova Scotia and one of our Support Coordinators may be able to help you. Please note: Caregivers Nova Scotia is not responsible for maintaining this directory.