Bereavement Support

Take Heart Bereavement Support Program

The R. S. Kane Funeral Home is privileged to make available the Take Heart Bereavement Support Program.  It is offered to our families and to the community at large, at no charge. The service is designed to help make the journey through grief a little easier. This is not grief therapy; however, participants of groups have found that grief shared is grief made more bearable. We are encouraged by the interest shown in this program.

Our Take Heart Bereavement Support Program is scheduled dependent on demand.  Please watch for our next scheduled program.  For more information and to register for the group, please contact the Take Heart Office at 416-221-1232.


Groups give the opportunity to talk with others who are experiencing the sorrow, pain and loneliness experienced after the death of someone loved. They take place several times a year with each session lasting for six weeks. Trained facilitators of the groups understand, and can explain, the feelings of loss. Their knowledge has been acquired through education, personal loss and, more importantly, from being companions of and listening to the real experts, those who grieve.

"Tea and Conversation"  is a program designed to provide a short respite for those who grieve.  Drop in between 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.every Thursday.  The above-mentioned informal events are held at 9 Pleasant Avenue (please confirm with the office as we are renovating the facility). You may park in the north end of the funeral home parking lot and simply walk around the fence to the first house.  We hope to see you there. 

Companionship is provided through telephone follow-up and by one-to-one visits in the library at the funeral home.

Special groups are arranged as required for adults grieving the death of parents and children as well as teens grieving the death of parents, grandparents and siblings.

We are pleased to suggest names of professionals in areas of bereavement to those who request these services.


We are privileged to respond to requests from clubs, churches and schools, to provide information on the grieving process and ways of helping those who grieve.


Each May, the Kane Day Take Heart Bereavement Seminar offers an opportunity to the community to learn from experts in the field of grief and bereavement. Past presenters have been Mr. Doug Manning, Dr. Darcie Sims, Mr. Todd Van Beck, Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Dr. Harold Ivan Smith, Nancy Weil, Dr. William Hoy and most recently Ms. Darci Lang.

Thank you to all who attended Kane Day in 2016.  Ms. Darci Lang was well received and did a wonderful job of sharing with us, how focusing on the 90% is truly the best way to approach life.

Kane Day has been set for Friday May 5, 2017.  Once again The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2N 3B6 (Just west of Bayview Ave.) will be hosting us and we appreciate the hospitality.  Our speaker this year will be Dr. Darcy Harris and her topic will be 'Living with the Many Shapes of Grief'.  We are thrilled Dr. Harris is joining us and we are excited for her presentation.


In November, an invitation to our Seasonal Reflections service are mailed to all families served by R.S. Kane during the year.

At Four O'clock p.m. (4 p.m.) on the first Saturday of December we host our annual Seasonal Reflections Service.  This non-denominational service includes words of comfort, music and an opportunity for all to participate in honouring and remembering those, so much in their thoughts, during the holiday season.

Call in November to ask about details for this years service or reserve seating for you and your family

For further information on the Take Heart program and on up-coming events, please call (416) 221-1232.  Office hours: Thursdays - 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  All Take Heart programs are free of charge to participants.