Support & Share Night Program

Join us for an evening of grief education and bereavement support at our upcoming Support and Share Night on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Our May 7, 2019 speaker is Doug Cargo. His talk is titled From Heartache to Happiness.

“I was overwhelmed with the sadness, pain, fear, and loneliness associated with the grief I was suffering.” Those are the feelings Doug uses to describe his grief after his wife died 15 years ago.

He shares his personal story of grief and his progression from heartache to happiness. Everyone, regardless of their loss, will see a bit of themselves in Doug’s story.

Doug gives back to his grieving community by sharing his knowledge and insight to help the newly bereaved. He is a Bereaved Families-Ottawa volunteer Board of Director and group facilitator. He is a retired engineer from the Canadian Armed Forces.


For 35 years, this monthly program has been supporting individuals and families on their journey of grief.  The night begins with an educational talk, followed by an opportunity to connect with others who are grieving a similar loss to yours in one of our 8 support groups.  Groups are led by trained facilitators who have grieved and experienced a loss similar to yours.  You are not alone.

The 8 bereavement groups are:

  • for Youth (High School age)    **NEW for 2019***
  • loss of Spouse
  • loss of Child
  • loss of Perinatal (miscarriage, still birth, infant under 1 year)
  • loss of Parent/Other
  • loss of Sibling/Friend/Other
  • by Suicide
  • by MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying)


Date: First Tuesday of every month.
(2019 May 7, Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3)

Time: 7:00–9:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:30.
No registration required. Just show up.


2400 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, Lower hall.


We ask for a suggested donation of $10/person or $20/family.  Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to donate.

At Bereaved Families, we receive $0 government funding. We rely on individual donations, fundraising and community support to run our programs. Thank you!


Free parking in the church parking lot. There is an OC Transpo bus stop in front of the church.


Contact us for more information: (613) 567-4278 or

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