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:
Calgary and Area Funeral Homes
Being A Personal Representative
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.
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)
• Provides access to approved and appropriate mental health services close to, or in the community, of First Nations.
P.O. Box 8, Morley, Alberta
Mental Health Helpline
• Provides confidential, anonymous services associated with crisis intervention, information and referrals.
Ph: 1-877-303-2642 (24-hour helpline)
• 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.
• Information on grief and healing after a loss.
Ph: 1-800-688-6868 (24 hour crisis line)
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.
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.