Grief is a natural response to loss.  It is the painful process of life change when someone you love is dying or has died. As you work to find new meaning in a world without the physical presence of your loved one, our bereavement services offer you assistance and support. These programs offer a safe space for all individuals regardless of age, race, creed, disability, family and marital status, gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex, or sexual orientation.


Anticipatory Grief Support

Though we think of grief as something that happens after a death, it often begins long before death arrives. Once death is on the horizon, even just as a possibility, it is natural that we begin to grieve. Anticipatory grief support offers assistance to individuals who are facing the impending loss of a loved one.


Coffee and Care

A weekly group that provides individuals who are dealing with the loss of a loved one with an opportunity to meet and share with others who are also grieving. This group has something for all, regardless of experiences or identity.

Monday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Orillia Common Roof, 169 Front Street South

*If you are interested in attending this group, or for more information, please contact us at 705-325-0505 or by e-mailing


One-on-One Support

These custom sessions involve up to 4 meetings with a trained Hospice Orillia volunteer to explore grief on a personal as well as universal level. Volunteers are also available for community and home visits.


Bereavement Support Group

‘Navigating the Wilderness of Grief’ is an 8-week bereavement support group that provides an opportunity for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, to learn from and share with others as they move through their grief journey.



For those who have completed our 8-week bereavement support group sessions, we offer a monthly group for further support and growth.


Grief Support Walking Group

Are you adjusting to life without your loved one? Would you like to meet new people on a similar journey and engage in mutual support and acceptance? Join us every Thursday morning at 9:00am outside of the Orillia Curling Club at Tudhope Park.


Support Group for Overdose Related Losses

Have you experienced an overdose related loss of a loved one? Are you are looking for a safe, supportive environment to share with others on a similar journey? Sessions beginning Fall 2018.


Remembrance Events

Remembrance events take place twice a year providing an opportunity for clients and community members to honour the memory of loved ones who have died.




 Lending Library

Hospice Orillia has a selection of books and videos pertaining to bereavement, including books for children of all ages. These items can be borrowed on a one-month basis and are available to everyone in our community.

For more information, contact us at or call 705-325-0505 ext.209