Grief support available for families and individuals

By Sarah Ferguson, Fort Erie Times

Losing a loved one can be a painful experience but there is hope.

Fort Erie’s Daisy May and her husband, Bob, have been facilitating the Grief Share Support Group for the last three years. They offer sessions in the fall and spring and they encourage anyone who has felt loss to attend a meeting.

The support group is held at South Niagara Life Ministries, at 143 Gilmore Rd., each Wednesday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

May, who lost her son five years ago, knows first-hand what it’s like to lose someone too soon.

“I try to tell people that it does take time (to overcome grief), but we need to step up the process and talk about it. Otherwise, people can get stuck in their grief for years and years.”

According to May, there is “good grief” and there is “bad grief.”

“Good grief is doing something about the pain you feel and bad grief is when you give into it, cling to the person you lost and not let go.”

Those who attend the meetings will watch a video featuring experts discussing a variety of issues related to grief and loss and if they choose, they can complete workbooks to help understand their emotions.

There will also be time for personal reflection and to share thoughts with others who are struggling with grief.

May said it’s important to manage grief, and meeting others with similar experiences can help.

Sometimes, people might be afraid to participate in a support group because they are nervous about discussing their feelings. May encourages people to attend the Grief Share Support Group, “even if they just want to listen.”

What’s most important is to help people understand it’s okay and it’s going to take time to heal, she said.

The meetings run each Wednesday until May.

For more information about the grief support group call May at 905-991-0742, send an e-mail to or call South Niagara Life Ministries at 905-871-0236. 

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