Near North Palliative Care Network

A Special Thanks to:


Caisse Populaire North Bay limitée

North Bay & Area Community Foundation

IBM Canada Ltd

North Bay Cruisers

Dr. Ken Runciman

United Way Toronto

Knights of Columbus 1007

Rebuilt Resources Skills Development Inc.

Northern Business Solutions

Mac's Office Supplies

Moose FM North Bay 106.5

Ohana Wellness Centre

Aha Communications

Boyd Print and Design

Chevaliers De Colomb #12101

Chevaliers De Colomb #8163

Hillside Funeral Homes

KFM North Bay

IODE Dr. Herbert A. Bruce Chapter

Widdifield Lions Club

Bonfield and District Lions Club

Northern Business Solutions

Widdifield Lions Club

Northern Business Solutions

A&A Entertainment

Aggies Flowers

Bell Canada Employee Giving Program

BEAM Blue Sky Net

Sofa Communications

Saint Peter's Church

Chip Kean and 22 Wing Band

The McCubbin family

Richard Smith, NBRHC Pastoral Care Team, and Palliative Care Committee

Miranda Weingartner

Gen McRae

Cheryl Gates, Respiratory Technician

Darren Renaud

Carol Owens

Marilyn Weingartner

Heather McGuinty, Case Coordinator for the CCAC

Bev Charron

Oriana Webster, NBRHC Volunteer Coordinator

Steve Lamb, Aids Committee

The Rheaume Rochefort Family

Jeff Johnson at Cambrian Technical Services

Bereavement and Grief Services

How Would You Feel…?

  • … If your loved ones were given compassionate end-of-life palliative care by trained volunteers…?
  • … If you HAD a safe space to grieve after the loss of someone you love…?
  • … If you could make your journey through bereavement and grief supported by trained volunteers?

Without this support, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL …?

In their Own Words.
All credits go to Dr. Alan Wolfelt and Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers

Grief, Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement

Grief starts at the moment you receive the news that your loved one has a life-threatening or life-limiting disease.  It can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves. This is called anticipatory grief.

Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death.

When you grieve, it’s part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.

How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who died, if the person’s death was expected and other factors. Friends, family and faith may be sources of support. Grief counseling or grief therapy is also helpful to some people.

We at the Near North Palliative Care are sensitive to your grief.  We offer you a safe space to grieve, and tears are welcome in this space. We support you through your grief departing from a multi-dimensional approach: we look at you as a whole, and will support you in your cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.

Our grief and bereavement sessions observe maximum confidentiality. You can also benefit from our online resources with videos and useful websites, and our lending library, with books from diverse authors.

A Letter from Fred
All credits go to Greenshoe Studio Inc.

Bereavement and Grief Support: Our Model

In the 1990’s, Dr. Alan Wolfelt introduced a model for grief that he called COMPANIONING.

Companioning emphasizes the clinician being open to learning from the client what the client’s individual grief experience is like, and symbolically walking alongside the client in solidarity and support rather than trying to lead the client. Dr. Wolfelt states that a clinician needn’t have – and shouldn’t have – the answers to moving through grief, but should simply be a witness to and advocate of the client’s own healing process.

Marilyn Weingartner, NNPCN Bereavement Committee Founder

In 2012, our pioneer Marilyn Weingartner wrote the course curriculum and training manual for the Bereavement Committee. She founded and trained the pioneer Bereavement and Grief group of volunteers. Marilyn has devoted years of volunteer work as head of the palliative care training at the NNPCN. Marilyn Weingartner is a leading authority in Palliative Care, Bereavement and Grief in Ontario.

Marilyn Weingartner, NNPCN Lead Trainer

For more information about our services, call us: (705) 497-9239 – 1-800-287-9441
You can also fill our online Client Application Form.

Connect with us

Main Office:
St. Joseph Motherhouse
2025 Main Street West
North Bay, ON  P1B 2X6
Phone: (705) 497-9239
Fax: (705) 497-1039
08:30-16:30 Monday-Friday
(closed for lunch between 12:00-13:00)

Mattawa Office:
(705) 744-3771 Fax: (705) 744-2787
West Nipissing Office:
(705) 753-5771  |  Fax: (705) 753-6130