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


Are you currently our client, or have we served your loved one in the past? We would love to hear from you.

Please send us your impressions about the support you are receiving, or have received from us, along with your photo. With your consent, we will publish your words on this Testimonials page.
You can email your testimonial and photo to [email protected] You can mail it to us, or drop your testimonial at our office: 2025 Main Street West, North Bay, ON, P1B 2X6. For more information, please phone us: (705) 497-9239. Toll free: 1-800-287-9441.
Don’t forget to write “I consent that my Testimonial be published on the NNPCN website Testimonials page” at the end of your text. Thank you very much for being part of our history. We hope to have made a difference in your life as well.


“I don’t know what I would have done without you; I can’t say enough…”(Lillian, Palliative Care and Hospice Client)

“I know that chair is empty but now I can look again at the lake. Thank you.” (Anonymous, Bereavement and Grief Client)

Bereavement Evaluations Group Session 2013:

“Thanks to the help of the Near North Palliative Care Network, I was able to understand the grieving process I am going through. Without the individual one on one sessions, as well as the group session, I would not have been able to handle the loss of my wife Joyce of 27 years. I say thank you to all the staff and people who attended the group from the bottom of my heart.”

– Mark Leblanc

“I’m happy I took part in the sessions. Depending on what kind of day I’m having on the Friday. Some weeks it seemed like “returning to the scene of the accident”. Would I recommend this? Of course I would.”  –  NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

“ My wife died Sept 2012 and I am raising our daughter alone. These sessions taught me to be able to look at a picture of my late wife. I don’t cry anymore, I smile”. –  NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

“ I would highly recommend Near North Palliative Care Network. I had been offered their services last year and was too scared to attend. I stayed in the “Denial” stage of my sister’s sudden death. I received a call from Monica while I was sitting on the beach watching my girls build sand castles this past summer. I knew I needed some kind of support and with the sweet sound of Monica’s voice. The sun sparkling off the water and my girls laughing, to me, it was a sign to accept the help being offered. It was time I deal with my struggle. I was accepted with arms wide open. Not only by Monica and Lana but with all the group members. It was nice to be with others who felt heartache and cried openly. It has been a really great experience and a lot of help with the process of grieving. I really thank NNPCN and will recommend it to anyone in need, Thank You”. –  Susie Aultman

“ I was very satisfied with the help received. I recommend anyone that is grief stricken to join the group session. I can speak on behalf of my group people that it is very satisfying and extremely helpful. I’ve made some new friends. Thank you Monica and Lana with all my heart.” –  NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

“I would recommend this session to everyone who lost a loved one. It helped me realize I am not alone with these feelings. It’s OK to cry !! Nobody reacts the same way and same time. They made me understand that and to accept that it’s ok. There is no set time to grieve . Some are longer than others. Thanks for all the help. Will miss the groups.” –  NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

Bereavement Evaluation Group Session 2014:

“This service went beyond any expectations I had. I only knew I needed some guidance and support as nothing I had learned in life really prepared me for the grief I felt losing my husband. The wisdom and compassion I experienced has helped me immensely and I am truly thankful to have received this valuable service.” – Dianne Labreogne

“When I entered the NNPCN it felt like a comfy blanket had been wrapped around me. It was extremely helpful to feel free to unload and share my feelings. There was kindness and  loving support always.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services client

Near North Palliative Care Network has helped me understand better on what is happening to me during the grieving process. Compassionate peer support sessions are great. Help is always there when you need it the most, I loved it and would highly recommend this to anyone who is going through any type of grieving. Thank you for everything you have done for me!” – Sylvie Favero


“All I can say is I like all my sessions. I am happy with everything.” – Jackie Whaley

Bereavement Evaluation Group Session 2015:

“I sought help in dealing with the excruciating pain following the unexpected sudden death of my daughter. How to cope plus deal with my flashbacks after discovering her. I needed guidance and received a warm and welcoming environment and the tools I could use to help me navigate the painful journey. My facilitator is professional, informed, knowledgeable and very accepting of my feelings. I have great hope for the future.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

“I highly recommend the bereavement and grief services of the NNPCN. You will be treated with extreme compassion and confidentiality.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

“The loss of a spouse is the most difficult event in the adult life and learning to live again after such an event is quite the challenge. Although I reluctantly decided to join grief counseling, I am so glad I did. It has been a lifesaver. I am learning to live again and hope in a future although at times uncertain, that is getting brighter with each passing day.” – Tony Lachance

“The sessions provided through the NNPCN were the only thing that helped me find momentum again after so many years of standing still. For the first time in over a decade, I feel like I am finally living again. Thank you so much.” – Laura Rossi

Bereavement Evaluation Group Session 2016:

“This has been extremely beneficial for the survival of my child loss. I felt alone, broken, and at the edge of insanity. Being part of this helped me to vent, not feel so alone and be able to see some light and feel encouraged. To start a new identity and look at a future. I feel like I will always have someone with me on this new journey. Thank you!” –  NNPCN Bereavement Services Client.

Thank you for all the support I have received at the most difficult time of my life. Losing my precious Amy has been the worst traumatic event. I looked forward to my sessions and met mothers who knew and understood exactly how I felt.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client.

        “I am so grateful for the support I have received to have a safe welcoming environment to express feelings of grief and to find hope for the future. Thank you seems inadequate.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

        “Attending the grief counselling with Monica has been a wonderful experience. Monica watched and talked me through all the various steps and stages of grief. She has helped me work through the ups and downs of emotions.” – Evelyn Johnson

        Thank you NNPCN for my past two days of bereavement training. They were enriching, rewarding, positive, and very enjoyable. I am a better person for spending time with you at the motherhouse where the parking is free and atmosphere is warm and welcoming- to say nothing of the lunches and coffee breaks. Our teacher is unsurpassed in her passion for the subject and her commitment to the growth of hospice services through the Nipissing area. Thank you to all who helped put on our session. I am really looking forward to the next ones. ”- Cecelia Seidler

“ My experience with your Bereavement and Grief sessions has been one of great pleasure. Very helpful and freeing! I’m looking forward to the new journey I’ve just started. Thank you.” –  Doreen Letourneau

“ Everyone was so kind and welcoming at the NNPCN. I learnt so much and am forever grateful for the help I received and the people I met. Thanks especially to Cathie!” –  Ashleigh Prud’ Homme

“ I didn’t know where to turn, or what to do when I lost my first born son in an accident with a Moose. I just wanted to let go of everything and be with him. I then called NNPCN as I knew I could no longer go on with these thoughts. The best thing I did was make this appointment. All I can say is Thank God for NNPCN and Monica’s talents.” –  Donna Giroux

“ I have lost a daughter to cancer 12 years ago, a son to suicide 7 months ago, and my husband is going through the stages of Alzheimer’s. Life has been very hard but softened with time after my daughter died. Life became hard again with a vengeance when my son committed suicide. Grief counselling has been a lifeline for me. The facilitator has been kind, understanding, and compassionate, and has walked me through the various stages of grief. My journey is not over yet, but I can work through the future with all the knowledge of understanding of how to keep going on.” –  Evelyn Johnson

“ Keep up what you are doing! Words cannot express how blessed I was by your services. It has helped me in so many ways! Thank You!” –  Bethanie Lachance

“ The client may not know what they need in these palliative care sessions and will need some time to sound off, and find ways of dealing with a death of a loved one and loved one’s.” –  Martin Johnson

Individual Sessions Evaluations 2017:

        `”The services I received through NNPCN truly changed my life. I am able to continue my journey without the weight of guilt and sadness bringing me down. I am beyond thankful for the service and highly recommend anyone struggling or needing help to self refer. Thank you NNPCN! “ – Adwenna Peters

        “The program saved my life! Raised my awareness and helped through the loss of my bride..” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

Group Session Evaluations 2017:

        “I’m doing well because of this very good support system. We now have good friends for life.” – Doreen Letourneau

        “Helped me enormously.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

Group Session April/May/June 2017:

        “I felt that I was listened to and good advice was given. When leaving the session I felt like someone was there for me. Only wish that the program was longer with maybe a few more sessions and more time dedicated to some sessions. I felt that as a group we were just starting to feel comfortable and it’s all over and we are on our own again. I did get a lot of help with it and I know we can get professional sessions but I really like the group feeling.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

        Great work – Keep it up! Sessions should be lengthened to 12 from 8.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

        “Without the support and interaction with the group I am not sure where I would be today emotionally.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

Individual Sessions Evaluations 2018: 

“I would highly recommend the NNPCN grief counselling sessions. It was so helpful to have a kind and empathetic person to talk to and someone who understands the grief process and is able to lead you gently towards the path of recovery. Thank you. In addition, the facilitator was knowledgeable, kind, and patient. I found our sessions were more helpful than y visit to a psychologist!”  – Cindy Long 

“The friends that I found here were amazing. It was a fantastic group and I think we learned we are not alone.” – Sharon Elliott 

” I lost my husband John in September and was devastated by the sudden loss. The counselling sessions helped me to deal with my sorrow and my grief and helped me to plan my new life without John.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

A Beautiful Poem from our Bereavement Client 2018:

When I started going to see Cathie I was a mess. Although not suicidial, I would have preferred to not be alive. Cathie and the staff were wodnerful–always. Now I feel calm and hopeful. Your patience and understanding have helped me more than I can say. Thank you for helping me live again. NNPCN is a hidden treasure.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

For myself, the session helped me cope with the loss of my father and best friend. I really recommend the servcies to any one that suffers a loss of a loved one.” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

” My brother Jacques Carre died on his couch at home. It was very hard to take tha1t, he passed awya and left me. He was there to help me when I needed it, to help me with some of the things to do at home. I was his little brother, that was very sick when I was frail. Jacques, was there to give ,e every thing i needed. If I wanted to play or go some where he was there to bring me, or was there to play with me. I grow up with Jacques  as best friend and my only brother. Jacques, I thank you for ever thing you have doen for me; thank you my friend, my brother.” –Bruno Carre

When It was suggested by friends that I seek some grief counselling, I of course had some reservations, especially as a male. Generally speaking, we’re not good at sharing our emotions and feelings and so it was with trepidation that I signed up. I will say that one of the most important features of the Near North Palliative Care Network grief counselling sessions, is the feeling of security that they provide. The setting is wonderful, calming and you immediately feel secure in sharing your thoughts. The counsellor, added to this atmosphere, putting me at ease immediately, and that led to some free flwoing of ideas and feelings. Despite the nature of the situation, sessions were positive, warm and uplifting even. From the very beginning, I felt better and in a short time, I felt renewed and ready to tackle the rest of the process. I would strong urge anyone who is grieving to avail themselves of this great opportunity. ” – NNPCN Bereavement Services Client

” Coming here to NNPCN was a great choice for myself because it was very helpful for me to move on from the death of my grandfather, they are so understanding and caring!” – Tiffany Turner

Seniors Helping Seniors 2017

Relevant, Inspiring, Speaker is very knowledgeable.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Enjoyed sessions very much.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

” I really enjoyed attending NNPCN seminars. Thanks!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Looking forward to future sessions!”- Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Enjoyed the groups demonstrations.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“In black and white, it helps to open up your eyes and mind to see a broader outlook.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

 “Relevant, inspiring, speaker is very knowledgeable.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Excellent. Very much appreciated, enjoyed.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Attended last year, enjoyed sessions very much.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“I really enjoyed attending NNPCN seminars! Thanks!” –Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“This session was especially comforting and reassuring with my beliefs.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Both speakers were great!” Seniors Helping Seniors Participant


 “Better than fantastic!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Very informative!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Interesting topics and speaker!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“You provide excellent and varied speakers. I enjoy them all. Thank you!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

 “Excellent presentation!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

Seniors Helping Seniors 2018

“These Sessions are very educational. Varying guest speakers, with their own individual gifts add to my growth as an interested, caring and very fine human being.” – Julie-Ann Smrke

“Excellent presentation. Would like an encore presentation.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“Better than Fantastic!” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

“You provide excellent and varied speakers; I enjoy them all. Thank You.” – Seniors Helping Seniors Participant

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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
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(705) 753-5771  |  Fax: (705) 753-6130