You're Not Alone

With our online grief support you’re assured of our commitment to helping you through this difficult time. It doesn’t matter what time of day, or what day of the week you need support, we're here for you. You can access online counselling services, join in group grief support, or watch our interactive videos, anytime: 24/7. No matter how you feel at this moment, you have our commitment - you're never alone.

Grief Support Services 

In addition to our well-established facilities, we offer bereavement services after the funeral. Through our After Care Program, the following support services are available:

A resource library stocked with a variety of books, videos, and pamphlets on the subject of bereavement. Our library is the only such library in Brandon and we welcome visitors.

Referrals to private counsellors and community support groups in the Brandon and Westman area.

We are proud to offer free regular grief and loss seminars with Counsellor Shelley Wray. For more information, please click here.

Annual Tree of Memories Candlelight Memorial Service in December.


Coping with Grief & Loss in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a series of losses, from our sense of safety to our social connections, to our way of life as we know it. While the situation provokes anxiety, stress and sadness, it is also a time of collective sorrow. It is important that we acknowledge that we’re in the middle of this collective grief. We are all losing something now.

Many people are reckoning with individual losses, including illness and death, or loss of employment as a result of this economic upheaval. But even people who haven’t lost anything as difficult as losing a loved one, are affected. “There is a communal grief as we watch our work, health-care, education and economic systems — all of these systems we depend on — destabilize.”

This video presentation with our grief counsellor, Shelley Wray, will hopefully provide you with a better understanding about the ways we’re mourning now — and offer help to those who are grieving. To watch this video presentation, please click here

 Survivor Planning

Ensure your basic human needs are maintained. To maintain good health, you will require energy and effort. Take good care of yourself.

Help may come from the following:

Get fresh air every day
•    Exercise moderately
•    Rest when you need it
•    Keep warm
•    Eat regular, nutritious meals
•    Speak with clergy, renew spiritual and religious beliefs
•    Pamper yourself
•    Volunteer to help others in need
•    Let others help you
•    Keep in touch with old friends and make new ones
•    Plan for the future
•    Live one day a time

The Support Network 

Please visit our Grief Support Resources page to view our upcoming Grief Seminars with Shelley Wray.


Compassionate Friends of Southwestern Manitoba  Support group for parents who have lost a child and also a sibling support group.  Phone (204) 727-1823

Suicide Bereavement Group  Support group for friends or family who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide.  Phone (204) 573-7878 or [email protected]

Manitoba Mental Health
  Assessments, counselling, treatment, consultation, case management, and linkage to other services and resource education. Phone (204) 578-2400


Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba - Telephone Bereavement Support Bereavement support offered by trained volunteers to any area of the Province.  Phone 1-800-539-0295 ext 232 or ext 226

Centre for Loss & Transition  A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality. Please visit: Center for Loss & Transition 

Canadian Virtual Hospice has a team of palliative care experts who are ready to answer your questions about terminal illness, end-of-life care, loss and bereavement. You will receive a detailed, personal response in three working days. All questions and answers are confidential.  Please visit: is a free online resource to provide guidance to parents on how to support children who are grieving the dying or death of someone in their life. It equips parents with the words and confidence to help their children grieve losses in healthy ways. For more information, please visit:

Support your family, even the littlest ones with Sesame Street. Children may not understand the details and specifics, but they can often surprise you with their sensitivity and instinctual way of detecting grief. As the adult, you want to find ways to help them celebrate the life of your loved one and enjoy happy memories and stories.

The most important way to support your family is to simply listen to them and pay close attention to the feelings and needs of younger ones. If you sense any serious change in behaviour, talk to them to try to get to the root of their feelings.

For additional help, refer to this great resource from Sesame Street, which will help your family move forward in a healthy and educated manner. Please click here


These private counsellors have provided help and support to many grieving family members and friends. 

Dr. Michelle Darichuk, Psychologist  Phone (204)725-4174

Dr. Craig Yury, Psychologist  Phone (204)571-7181

Dr. Greg Gibson, Psychologist  Phone (204)578-2413

Dr. Breanna Lawrence, Psychologist 

Roberta J. Graham Counselling Services  Phone (204)725-8010

Patricia Gibson Counselling Services  Phone (204)726-0700

Vivian Drake Counselling  Phone (204)728-1674

Foster Counselling Services
  Phone (204)728-3758

Choice Counselling Associates
 Phone (204)725-6940

Independent Counselling Consultants
 Phone (204)729-3420

The Counselling Centre
 Phone (204)726-8706

FPS Forensic Psychological Services  Phone (204)727-7825

Elan M. Jury, Therapist  Phone (204)573-7878

Dr. Virgina Simpson
Meet Dr. Virginia Simpson

Executive Counseling Director

I bring both personal and professional experience with death and grieving to every counseling situation, which includes the creation of this set of grief counseling resources. I know them to be the best available online today. Whether your loss has been sudden or expected, I'll help you learn to cope with the depth of emotions and experiences that are part of healthy grieving.

  • Interactive Aftercare

    These interactive videos explore the dimensions of grief, as well as the dynamic cycle of experience. There’s never been anything like this online before. These videos teach with both style and substance.

    Launch Interactive Aftercare
  • On-line Grief Resource

    Sometimes you just can’t face leaving the house. In fact, you may not get out of your pajamas for days, and with our online grief resource, there's simply no need to do either – until you’re ready to do so.  Please click on the following:  Why We Gather - Coping With Loss (Online Resource)

  • 365 Days of Grief Support

    365 Days of Grief Support

    These messages of hope, healing and affirmation are delivered to your email inbox every day. Subscribe easily, and unsubscribe when you're ready. Such small doses of comfort will help you move through the cycle of grief, and work wonders for your outlook.

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