Walking alongside someone who is grieving can be difficult and intimidating. Many people are uncomfortable themselves with grief and so have a difficult time supporting someone else who is on this journey. Many individuals with disabilities have a lot of different support people in their life– who all have their own beliefs and their own stories. Far too often it is easier to try to ignore or minimize someone’s grief rather than journey through and face it with them. Grief is a very important process and a process that everyone at some point in their life will encounter. The following resources have been collected as a way in providing support for those who are supporting individuals with disabilities through grief and/or change and transition.
If you would like to schedule a meeting to talk through this subject more, or to schedule a presentation, please contact us.
- Videos: Understand why this process is so important and person honouring.
Introduction How to Break Bad News to People with Intellectual Disabilities
Amanda’s Story How To Break Bad News to People with Intellectual Disabilities
Gary Butler How To Break Bad News to People with Intellectual Disabilities
- Training. There are several places that are available to help equip you and help you feel more confident in what it means to support someone through this process.
HPCM also partners with several Funeral Chapels throughout the year for Free Grief seminars .
A complete copy of the Grief seminar presented by University of Manitoba nursing students is available HERE.
A Half Day training for support staff who are supporting individuals with disabilities through grief is currently being explored. Contact us to be notified and included in that invitation
- Guidebook: A 6 session guidebook for supporting an individual through grief and transition will soon be available. Contact us to be notified when it is finished.
Books are a wonderful support and we have compiled a helpful list of books around the topic. Book List
For more supports as well as information on Counseling and Support groups, please visit Resources for Individuals.