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Hospice/Palliative Care

GNN Public Resource List

Hospice Niagara Support Groups

Bereavement support is available to anyone in the Niagara region regardless of cause of death.  Hospice provides facilitated peer group support for adults, adolescents and children, grief walks, mindfulness hike and peer support for the bereaved. Direct bereavement counseling is not presently provided.  

Contact: Melissa Penner, Bereavement Specialist, 905-984-8766 ext. 233, Dave Tyminski, Bereavement Specialist (South), 905-981-8766 ext. 279

Hospice Niagara’s - Palliative Care Outreach Teams

Improve the quality of life of individuals and their families living with a life-limiting, progressive illness within our community.  This team works in partnership with primary care providers, including family physicians and community visiting nurses to provide consistent and comprehensive care in the client’s home.  The teams consist of a Palliative Care Physician, a Palliative Nurse Clinician, a Psycho-Spiritual Clinician, a Bereavement Advisor, a Clinical Navigator, a CCAC Case Manager, and community palliative care service providers. Please note that referrals to Hospice Niagara Community Palliative Care Teams require a referral from your family physician.


Geoff Straw, Psychosocial/Bereavement Counsellor (North), 289-241-4805,

Clare Braun, Psychosocial/Bereavement Counsellor (Central), 289-929-4570,

Chelsea Rothwell, Psychosocial/Bereavement Counsellor (Central), 289-407-8421,

Monica Herjavec, Psychosocial/Bereavement Counsellor (South), 289-968-0842,

InCommunities /211 

Dial 3 digits-211-24 hours a day, to speak with someone about your specific circumstances and receive information on, and referrals to programs and services that are available to support you. For self-directed searching, you can also search our on-line database of community services.

Contact: 211 or 1-800-263-3695,

Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service

During a serious illness we offer support to individuals and their caregivers by way of equipment needed to aid their journey, and volunteers to provide companionship and care giver relief. We also provide bereavement support. Services are free of charge.

Contact:  Bonnie Bagnulo, 905-468-4433,

Our Babies, Our Grief; Home Hospice Association

Our Babies, Our Grief is a 6 week progressive healing peer support circle for parents who have experienced an infant or pregnancy loss. It is part of HHA’s Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program, hosted and facilitated by Merri-Lee Agar, held in April and October each year. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Contact: Merri-Lee Agar, 905 327 0995,

West Niagara Palliative Care Services & Stonehouse Whitcomb Funeral Home ~ “A Hand Along the Way”

A monthly self help Bereavement Support Program, held the second Wednesday of each month, designed with your needs in mind. By listening to each other, under the guidance of volunteer facilitators, you have a space to share your grief, give and receive support.  Call to register today or e-mail.

Contact:  905-309-5071,

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