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.

Public Information Evenings: 2017 – 2018 Schedule

  • September 11            Feelings of Grief
  • October 2                 Holidays & Annual Reminders
  • November 6              Making Decisions
  • December 4              Candle Lighting Ceremony
  • January 8                 Rituals and Remembering
  • February 5                Changing Relationships in Grief
  • March 5                    Self-Care and Coping Strategies
  • April 9                      More Feelings of Grief
  • May 7                      The Meaning of Loss
  • June 4                      Panel Discussion


Walking through Grief Group

We offer a bereavement walking group at Lemoine Point Conservation area during the spring and the fall. Our walking group invites all bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of someone significant.  We enjoy the refuge of Lemoine Point and the understanding of others. If you are grieving and would like to make connections with nature and people, this walk is for you.

  • This fall it will be held every Wednesday from September 20 – November 22, 2017.
  • We walk from 9:30 am – 10:30 am at Lemoine Point Conservation Area.
  • Please meet us at the main parking lot – follow Coverdale Drive and past Rotary Park entrance to Lemoine Point.
  • Picnic refreshments from 10:30 am – 11:00 am (optional).
  • Cancellation due to bad weather. If unsure, call James Reid’s after 8:30am.
  • There is no charge for this group, but we ask that you pre-register by calling James Reid Funeral Home at 613-544-3411 or Hospice Kingston at 613-542-5013.   We don’t want to leave any one behind!


Christmas Candle Lighting Ceremony

Every December, the staff of the James Reid Funeral Home has a Candle Lighting ceremony for all the families we have served in the previous year(s). We also invite others to come who would like to honour and recognize the loss of a loved one. We aim to provide families with some positive information and a quiet time of remembrance to help cope during the difficult festive holiday season

This year the Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held on Monday, December 4th, 2017.


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.




      Sarah Reid-Hedberg           Dorothy Messenger

For more information, please contact our Bereavement Support Coordinators:


Sarah Reid Hedberg 

sarah@jamesreidfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Messenger

dmessenger@jamesreidfuneralhome.com


613-544-3411