The Take Heart Bereavement Support Program, sponsored by R.S. Kane
Funeral Home and Hospice-Thornhill, has been in operation since 1996.
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.
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. 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.
Companionship is provided through telephone follow-up and by one-to-one
visits in the library at the funeral home.
THE TUESDAY “DROP IN”
Every Tuesday between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. the Hospice-Thornhill
18 Centre Street, Thornhill is a safe place to come for a support
booster and a cup of coffee. Participants drop in and stay for
a few weeks; drop out for a short time and then drop in again.
It meets many needs along the journey through grief. There are neither
attendance requirements nor registrations. If a grieving person
needs to know that he or she is “normal,” this is a
great place to come. If she/he wants to talk about being ready to
live again, we love to know that. These walls have absorbed everything
- laughter and weeping - and they keep their secrets.
SPECIAL GROUPS ARE ARRANGED,
For Adults grieving the death of parents children and
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.
SPEAKING, TRAINING and EDUCATIONAL
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. Robert Buckman and Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt.
In December, our “Surviving The Holidays” booklet is
mailed to all families served by R.S. Kane during the year. Should
you wish to obtain a copy, please drop into the funeral home in
ANGEL MEMORY TREE
Remember a loved one by placing an angel on the Memory Tree and
signing the Book of Memories. This healing ritual has become a meaningful
event in the lives of those who have made, or continue to make,
the journey through grief.
For further information on the Take Heart program and on up-coming
events, please call (416) 221-1232.