The James Reid Funeral Home Bereavement Support Program

“It’s one of those things where you don’t know what you don’t know.”

    Bereavement support. That’s what this family member is talking about. When her husband died, she thought she’d cry at home, head out and get things done, rinse and repeat. It was a busy time taking care of his estate. Now, months later, the stress is finally less. She has competently managed. But she is discovering that there is more to it.

That’s where James Reid Funeral Home comes in with Bereavement Support. It’s not articles online. It’s not a monthly mailing. It’s a relationship built with one of two Bereavement Support Providers through monthly phone calls or visits for a year after the service (or for six hour-long sessions for self-referrals from the community). It’s a safe place to learn what you don’t know you don’t know about the grief process. With a listening ear, it’s exploring the ways you may be feeling you are going crazy, and finding assurance that you’re not. 

It’s also finding a grieving community. James Reid Funeral Home leads a monthly Public Information Evening and spring and fall Walking Through Grief Group, co-hosted by Hospice Kingston, at Lemoine Point.  Everyone is welcomed by the Support Providers and by peers for whom Bereavement Support is breaking out of the default isolation. It’s the chance to sit, walk, share and listen with others who are there too. 

As this family member speaks with James Reid Funeral Home Bereavement Support, she is exploring her natural response to an unwelcomed event. She is sharing a vocabulary of grief that is a precious commodity for her. Self-understanding and clarity about her responses increase her all-over health. James Reid Funeral Home continues relationship with family members through following them past the funeral or service. It’s one of the things we know we know: funerals are for the living.

Public Information Evenings

The Bereavement Support Coordinators lead a reflection on an aspect of grief monthly. We meet in the James Reid Funeral Home Reception Centre, from 7-9 p.m., on the first Monday of each month (except July and August). Refreshments are provided. Opportunities to share your story and to hear others are made available, with no pressure to talk.

Walking through Grief Group

We also offer a bereavement walking group at Lemoine Point Conservation area during the spring and the fall. For more information regarding dates and times, please contact the funeral home.


James Reid Funeral Home Lending Library

Please feel free to browse our well-stocked bookcase of books relating to grief and bereavement. You may borrow these books freely after Public Information Evenings or during regular funeral home hours.

Christmas Candle Lighting Ceremony

Every December, the staff of the James Reid Funeral Home has a Candle Lighting ceremony for all the families they have served in the previous year(s). This service is to honour and recognize the loss of your loved one, and provide families with some positive information to help cope during the difficult festive holiday season

      Sarah Reid-Hedberg           Dorothy Messenger

For more information, please contact our Bereavement Support Coordinators:

Sarah Reid Hedberg

Dorothy Messenger