Grief & Bereavement

Grief comes from many life experiences: e.g. loss of job, life transitions, life changes, a sick loved one, a death, trauma, or tragic event, a challenging relationship, death of a pet, difficult decisions / choices, serious accidents, bullying, loneliness, moving and more.

Each person has their own way of handling grief and you may find it helpful to speak with a counsellor who is trained in supporting people on their journey.

When someone is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, they and their loved ones often experience what is called Anticipatory Grief. You might also experience this as you anticipate a life transition, change or decision.

When death comes suddenly through a tragic event this is often referred to as disenfranchised grief. Many don’t understand how to support you. They may say things unintentionally that upset you.

Perhaps you have faced a series of difficult situations, crisis or deaths. This is often referred to as compounded grief. This can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed.

Are you or is someone you know facing a difficult situation? Each person has their own story to tell and their own journey.

If you find your grief overwhelming and find it difficult to get through the day, I would encourage you to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. I work with individuals of all ages who are experiencing complex grief.

I trained as a Register Director for Rainbows Canada, as a Special Education teacher, in Chronic Health Conditions, as an End of Life Doula and have been working in Hospice for the past 7 years. I provide psychotherapy for Hospice Georgina, Vitality Health clinic in Barrie and independently in the Orillia area. For more information or to seek counselling contact me at

Life transitions and changes

Life transitions such as starting school (children & teens), loss of employment, new job, moving to a new home or location can stir up emotions such as grief e.g. missing what was once familiar, comfortable.


Divorce, separation, new friendships – can be exciting, overwhelming and stir up feelings of grief. Children often struggle to understand what divorce means. Will my parents still love me even if they don’t live together anymore, did I do something wrong? Separation can stir up emotions of feeling safe, grieving what was while anticipating the new.

Death – pregnancy, accidents, long term and short term illness, sudden deaths, pets or people.
Death of a friend, acquaintance, loved one or even a tragic or sudden death can affect us all differently. We experience mixed emotions that come out of the blue, a sense of loss can be overwhelming unless you talk to an experienced counsellor.
Illness: Receiving a diagnosis of a life limiting illness is life changing and brings on many emotions and overwhelming feelings. Anticipatory grief is when we are anticipating what may happen to us or our loved one in the future. What will our/their quality of life look like? What choices should I be making?
Our pets become family members very quickly with their unconditional love, for some pets are their children, their companion, faithful friend.  Death of a pet changes your routine, s hole is left. Speaking with a counsellor can be helpful in coming to terms with this grief