The following are the grief and loss support groups we presently offer, with new groups beginning soon. If you are interested in participating in a Good Grief Support Group, please call Natalie Segall at (514) 222-9668 or Jillian Lucht at (514) 826-1810. Space is limited in each group, and a nominal fee will apply. Group schedules and locations TBA.
Grief Support Group
This six week Good Grief Support Group will provide information, educational tools, along with structured activities that are designed to give participants the opportunity to share their feelings with other members of the group, learn from each other, in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space.
After the death of a spouse, there is no right amount of time before moving on. The decision to move on and find a new partner after the death of a spouse may be emotionally wrenching and deeply personal. The idea of becoming attached and then losing someone again may terrify some. Others may be so depleted from caring for a dying spouse that they have no energy or desire to attempt to engage in a new relationship. Besides internal conflicts, such as guilt, confusion, grief, etc., other factors may weigh in when considering dating again after the death of a spouse. Issues such as culture and social attitudes, as well as the influence of friends and family (especially if young children are involved), often come into play. Research has found that people who remarry after a spouse’s death report less depression, and a greater sense of well-being and life satisfaction than those who do not remarry. How then can we approach the beginning of a new relationship without guilt, and while still honoring the memory and legacy of our deceased spouse?
About the Facilitators
Natalie Segall, M.A,LCC, A.N.N. Natalie holds a Master in Education, a Certification in Thanatology, and a Certificate in Emotional Intelligence, and has had extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Argyle Institute. Natalie spent several years as the Cancer Patient Education Coordinator on the Oncology Day Center at both the Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals. She has also worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital as a palliative care volunteer, and at the Jewish General Hospital's Hope and Cope, both as an educator and as a Coping Skills group facilitator. Natalie is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and is in private practice as a loss and grief counsellor and therapist, facilitator, consultant, and educator, working with individuals, families, and health care professionals. Natalie is a workshop coordinator for Mount Royal Commemorative Services, and is also a Life Cycle Celebrant,
Jillian Lucht, MSW, PSW Jillian Lucht holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from McGill University and is a member of both the Order Of Quebec Social Workers and the Canadian Association Of Psychosocial Oncology. Jillian has worked at the MUHC for the last five years as a Clinical Social Worker in the Oncology Day Center and the inpatient oncology/hematology unit. For the last three years, Jillian has also volunteered with Mount Royal Commemorative Services as a facilitator in the Good Grief Workshop for children. Jillian's professional experience also includes internships in family therapy at the Jewish General Hospital's Child Psychiatry Program. Jillian's current work focuses on the challenges associated with facing loss on various levels, and on helping individuals and families cope with loss, illness, and death.
Please feel free to contact Natalie Segall or Jillian Lucht at any time for further information on the Good Grief Central Support Groups. Natalie: (514) 222-9668 | firstname.lastname@example.org Jillian: (514) 826-1810 | email@example.com