BriarPatch Centre for Grieving Families

The BriarPatch Centre for Grieving Families provides bereavement services and education to those who have experienced the death of someone they love.

The BriarPatch Centre for Grieving Families Program was created as a program of Pilgrims Hospice of Edmonton in 2000 to meet the needs of Edmonton Area families who are seeking caring and compassionate support for their individual and unique bereavement journey. Program services include the popular Expressive Arts support group settings, individual and family counselling, Colored Tears summer daycamps, and art and music therapies. Children may attend starting at age 5 until age 12. Teens may attend from 13 to 18 years of age. Bereaved children and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one are more at risk for psychological and behavioral difficulties than those that have not experienced such a loss. Helping a bereaved child or teen is the epitome of good preventive mental, physical and spiritual health care. Involvement in Expressive Arts programming provides children and teens and their families with the necessary social sanction and permission to express their feelings. They find comfort and relief in knowing that others feel the way they do and that they are not alone.

Mission: The mission of the BriarPatch Centre for Grieving Families is to provide families in the Edmonton area and the surrounding region loving support in a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their healing process. Through our centre, we provide support, research and education locally, to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children, teens and families.

BriarPatch Centre for Grieving Families

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Making Summer Fun Again: Summer after a death in the family | Hello Grief

SUMMER ACTIVITIES: 4 Suggestions for Grieving during the Summer

#yeg #shpk #grief #summer #whatcanido Summer is supposed to be a fun time, but it can be a difficult time after a loved one has died. Hello Grief offers some ideas for how to help your kids build

The Relationship Between Suicide and Mental Health

SUICIDE AND MENTAL HEALTH? Recent suicides in the music world have left many people devastated and wondering what could have been done to prevent these deaths. Check out the link below to learn more about suicide and what factors can play role in this decision.

#ripchriscornell #ripchesterbennington #yeg #shpk #mentalhealth #suicide #howyoucanhelp The relationship between mental health and suicide is a complicated one. While the two conditions are related, they’re not necessarily synonymous with one another...

A Widow’s Rage Defense of Patton Oswalt’s Engagement

" does take strength and courage. To imply that it is weakness that drives someone who has lost their spouse to choose to love again is asinine. Unlike most, those who have been widowed are hyper aware that everyone they see will someday die. We know intimately that the price of love is pain. So if you see a widow or widower overcome that knowledge and choose to open their heart to that pain once again, instead of judging, you should be celebrating their bravery and fortitude. That much courage deserves a freaking parade." - Erica Roman

#yeg #shpk #widow #widower #relationships #courage Yesterday I was very excited to see that the comedian Patton Oswalt had announced his engagement to Meredith Salenger. Now, anyone who know’s me knows that I don’t follow the lives of c…

Grief First Aid for Professionals – Field Law Community Fund

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Click on the link below AND VOTE to support Grief First Aid for Professionals - a training program that teaches professionals how to work with grief and loss. With this funding we will be able to run more workshops to better serve the greater Edmonton community.
#yeg #shpk #fieldlawcommunityfund #fundme #griefandloss Pilgrims Hospice Society (PHS) provides supportive and compassionate family-centred care to enhance the quality and dignity of life for those diagnosed with a progressive, life-threatening illness, as well as solace to those who are bereaved.


Grief Etiquette? Don't Say This to Anyone Grieving

Grief is not a standardized process. No one grieves in the same way. As you interact with those who are grieving, remember that grief is an experience unique to that person. THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO GRIEVE. Grieving is a lonely business. Don't make it worse by saying.....

A New Year and the Challenge of Grief | Hello Grief

"Usually most folks look forward to the new year since it can represent a new beginning and/or a chance to “do better” than in the previous twelve months.... However, you may have had a much different take on New Year’s."

#newyearseve #anotheryear #betterorworse #yeg #shpk As we close out the first month of this new year, we may have trouble seeing the promise it brings, since our loved one is no longer here with us. Guest Author

8 Tips For Honoring Your Grief At Christmas - Still Standing Magazine

A beautiful article for parents who are mourning the loss of a precious child or sweet baby during the holidays. Some great ideas that would also work for those grieving the loss of anyone they love at this time of year. We hope you'll find this helpful. I’ll never forget my first Christmas after loss. Less than a week before that Christmas, my fallopian tube ruptured, and we lost the little baby we had already loved so much. In the midst of my loss, I went on a mini vacation with family where I was expected to shop, eat dinner out, and otherwise be...

[11/17/16]   Taking a moment to honor our colleague today, Sarah, who is celebrating another year around the sun. Happy Birthday Sarah! Thank you for your amazing posts on our page, for educating the community at large and for your dedication to working with our grieving families. We are so fortunate to have you here at the hospice! Have a great day!!

Did You Know - The History of the Poppy

Poppies are not just a fundraising opportunity, they are also a symbol of our collective mourning. With each poppy we wear, we are showing the world respect for those who died and those who are still fighting.
#griefsymbols #FlandersField #grief #yeg #shpk #lestweforget Every November, poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians across the country. Since the 1920s, the poppy has been worn to commemorat...

[11/08/16]   Music can speak to the grieving heart. In Cleopatra, a song by the Lumineers, a woman grieves the death of her father as well as the end of a relationship with her love. Grief comes in all forms.
#griefneverends #lossisaloss #music #grief #yeg #shpk

Patton Oswalt Opens Up About Grief And Returning To Stand-Up Following His Wife’s Sudden Death

"Grief is an attack on life. It’s not a seducer. It’s an ambush or worse. It stands right out there and says: ‘The minute you try something, I’m waiting for you.'” - Patton Oswalt on grief


#yeg #shpk #honesty #grief Patton Oswalt has opened up about returning to stand-up comedy just six months after the sudden death of his wife Michelle McNamara. While many people

Children's Bereavement Center

Great read for anyone returning to work after a death #yeg #shpk

There's no right way to grieve by @arianna via Fast Company

Children's Bereavement Center

What powerful words for parents who have lost a child #yeg #shpk #grief

"What surprised me the most was the number of people who, like me, experienced a loss. Strangers shared their experience of having to bury a child."

Lessons in Loss: What We Can Learn from Grief

Often, we focus on the painful parts of grieving; but, what about the gifts that it brings? (And no, we are not referring to the fridge full of casseroles from your neighbors and friends...)

#yeg #shpk #casseroles #lessonslearned #lifelessons #grief #unexpectedjourney Grief and loss are both painful and universal experiences. Here are some things we can learn from grief, along with what to do if you or a friend is grieving.

Children's Bereavement Center

Many of us worry about the mothers involved, but too often we forget about the partner/spouse. #yeg #shpk #supportthemall

Dad discusses wife's 4 miscarriages to show why partners need support, too

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9808 148 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5N 3E8

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The BriarPatch Centre has a second location: 100a-50 Brentwood Blvd Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2H5 780.464.3217
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