Presented by: Shelly Cory, Sylvie Lalande
Research confirms that a significant number of family members suffer not only in anticipation of a death but also into bereavement. The accompanying physical, social, and emotional distress is often referred to as grief. Bereavement represents a significant public health concern as grievers often suffer from co-morbid health problems, increased use of health care resources, periodic hospitalizations, and even mortality in the first two years after the death. Furthermore, grievers frequently encounter major obstacles when seeking formal support, including lack of access to specialized grief support due to temporal, financial or geographic constraints.
To address these gaps in service, the Canadian Virtual Hospice, in collaboration with pan-Canadian partners developed MyGrief.ca, the world’s first evidence-based, online psycho-educational tool to support those who do not or cannot access existing in-person loss and grief supports and as a supplementary resource for those who do. The tool also serves as a rich educative tool for health providers. The content was developed with families and international leaders in the field of bereavement, with attentiveness to issues of cultural diversity. Funding was providing by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
MyGrief.ca includes nine self-directed modules that cover a diversity of topics across the bereavement trajectory. Embedded within each module is a great variety of video testimonials detailing grief narratives that represent diverse age, cultural, gender, and sexual orientation groups.
Attendees will be given an in-depth tour of MyGrief.ca, followed by an interactive conversation on the tool with a bereft family member, health provider and educator on their unique perspectives and the overall impact of using MyGrief.ca.