Show 82 – Grief and palliative support with Hospice Wellington

Erin McInnis and Dr. Laura Brown, staff and volunteers from Hospice Wellington discuss grief and palliative support. Whether we like it or not, sooner or later, death happens to us all. If it hasn’t happened already, someday we will lose someone we love. On Family Matters Radio, we talk about the importance of grief and how to grieve with children while being a parent.

From their website Hospice Wellington is an incredible volunteer supported organization that offers exceptional care to people living with the challenges of a life-limiting illness or loss. Our care is warm, skilled, and compassionate. We are dedicated to support living every day to the fullest with dignity and meaning. All of our services are offered at no cost to the individual thanks to the generosity of our donors, government funding and the support of our community partners in Guelph and Wellington County. We are also indebted to the remarkable individuals who volunteer their time to support us in every aspect of our care.

Erin McInnis is the Community Services Coordinator at Hospice Wellington. She obtained her Sociology degree and specialized in Grief and Bereavement support at the University of Guelph. This year, Erin has returned part time to pursue her Post degree in Social Work and then her Masters. Guelph is home to Erin and her husband Sheldon, along with their two children who are very active in this community with rep hockey and lacrosse. Erin is very proud of her small town roots and family newspaper background in the Ottawa Valley. It is with those deep roots that Erin has developed strong values in her community, family and friends.

Dr. Laura Brown, C.Psych, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, has a private practice treating children, adolescents and their families coping with grief, learning and mental health issues. She helps children and families develop and maintain safe, secure relationships. Dr. Brown is also Mom to a thirteen-year-old daughter, stepmother to her twenty-one-year old stepson, and Auntie Laura to seven nieces and nephews, all roles she enjoys and embraces with enthusiasm.

Both Erin McInnis and Dr. Laura Brown facilitate a family grief program as volunteers for Hospice Wellington.

Aired live: Sunday, December 11, 2011 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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