Sudden Death

Services

“Empowering Victims and Restoring Hope for a Brighter Tomorrow”

Sudden Death And Suicide

The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one is difficult and often doesn’t make sense. There is no right way to react to a sudden loss and there is no timeline for the grieving process.

Cochrane Victim Services assists the RCMP and helps provide support at the time of a sudden death.  Victim Service advocates provide emotional support and assistance until loved ones can be supported by family or friends. Advocates can provide information on the process that immediately follows a death and provide appropriate contact and referrals services. 

What happens immediately following a death?  The following resources may help answer some of your questions:

Practical Matters 
Calgary and Area Funeral Homes
Being A Personal Representative

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
• Provides responsive front-line death investigation and death certification services
4070 Bowness Rd. N.W.
Ph: 403-297-8123

Sudden Death

Distress Centre
• 24-hour crisis line.
• Provides support, counselling and resources.
Ph: 403-266-HELP (4357)

ConnecTeen
• 24-Hour information and support for teens via phone, text, chat or email.
Ph: 1-403-264-TEEN (8336) – 24 hour crisis line
Text: 587-333-2724

Cochrane Addiction and Mental Health Clinic
• Therapy focused on concerns such as abuse, violence, grief, stress, aging, relationships, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and mental illness.
• Offers walk-in, as well as long-term sessions.
60 Grande Boulevard
Intake line: 1-877-652-4700

Administrative line: 403-851-6100

Bob Glasgow Grief Support Centre
• Individual and group counselling session to those grieving the loss of the loved one
• All services are free and confidential
Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre
Third floor, 1820 Richmond Rd. S.W.
Ph: 403-955-8011

Calgary Sage Centre
• Professional grief counselling and resources for children, teens and families facing the death of someone close to them.
• Individual and group programs.
1245 – 70th Ave. S.E. Calgary (Deerfoot Highway & Glenmore Trail)
Email: info@sagecentre.ca
Ph: 403-263-4525

Bowmont Seniors’ Assistance Association
• Supporting programs to address issues and create community solutions so that seniors may live in health, comfort and dignity.
5000 Bowness Road NW
Ph: 403-286-1811

Turning Point
• Provides access to approved and appropriate mental health services close to, or in the community, of First Nations.
P.O. Box 8, Morley, Alberta
Ph: 403-881-2877

Calgary Counselling Centre
• Provides counselling for individuals, youth and families of all backgrounds.
Suite 1000, 150 – 12 Ave. S.E.
Ph: 403-691-5991

Mental Health Helpline
• Provides confidential, anonymous services associated with crisis intervention, information and referrals.
Ph: 1-877-303-2642 (24-hour helpline)

My Grief
• Helps you to understand and work through your grief.
• Confidential and convenient-access in the privacy of your own home.

Kids Help Phone
• 24-Hour online and phone counselling available for those 5-20 years old.
Ph: 1-800-688-6868 (24 hour crisis line)

Suicide Prevention and Bereavement

Distress Centre
• 24-hour crisis line.
• Provides support, counselling and resources.
Ph: 403-266-HELP (4357)

ConnecTeen
• 24-Hour information and support for teens via phone, text, chat or email.
Ph: 1-403-264-TEEN (8336) – 24 hour crisis line
Text: 587-333-2724

Kids Help Phone
• 24-Hour online and phone counselling available for those 5-20 years old.

• Information on grief and healing after a loss.
Ph: 1-800-688-6868 (24 hour crisis line)

National Suicide Prevention Line
Ph: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Crisis Services Canada (CSC)
• Collaboration of distress and crisis centres from across Canada, offering suicide prevention services.
• Available 24/7, via toll-free phone, text or chat to anyone thinking about or affected by suicide.
Ph: 1-833-456-4566
Text: 45645

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
• Links, information and resources to help with suicide prevention.
• Information for people coping with suicide loss.

Centre for Suicide Prevention
• A non-profit education centre branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
• Provide information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to people at risk of suicide.

Canadian Mental Health Association Suicide Bereavement Support Program
• Offers a variety of services such as one-on-one counselling, a psycho-educational support group, individual peer support, and a drop-in group.
Ph: 403-297-1700
Email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca

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