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Who can I talk to?

Who can I talk to?

When faced with a terminal illness you can somehow feel like you're the only one who is in the situation, certainly amongst those who are closest to you. All of you may be struggling how best to talk about what's happening - when is the best time, or who is even wanting to talk about what you're going through.


Working through the palliative experience often requires external support, this section will lead you directly to resources and people who aid in navigating and recovering from grief, bereavement and end-of-life situations.


Brenda Gibbs

Counsellor, MCP, CCC, BEd (she, her)

"There is no one-size-fits-all all approach to grief. My professional qualifications and lived experience with loss provide a safe space to walk with you and your grief. Together, we will design an individualized plan that is right for you."

Location:

603 Lenore Drive

Saskatoon, SK S7K

(306) 517-6684

Vangool Wellness and Physiotherapy

3026 Taylor Street East

Suite #1

Saskatoon, SK S7H

(306) 242-9355

For a free 15-minute consultation please call: (306) 517-6684


Bereaved Caregivers: Living Through Loss (Support Group)

Hosted by Brenda Gibbs

Group Meets

Every Wed 2 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Location

Queens House of Retreat and Renewal

Saskatoon, SK S7M


End-of-life Doula Association of Canada

An organization with a holistic, individual, person-centered quality care approach.

End-of-life doulas empower, educate, and encourage people and their families to be involved in making decisions.  A death doula supports a person during the dying process, specific to that person's needs, beliefs, and desires.

"We see death as a process rather than an event that takes place over time. We see building relationships with the person as the key to supporting them in their journey. We see a person as being made up of a unique set of circumstances and beliefs. We see the person as an individual."

To learn more: https://endoflifedoulaassociation.org


Doulagivers Institute

An organization born of the perceived failures of standard medical care for the elderly. Doulagivers consists of Suzanne B. O’Brien’s training programs for end-of-life doulas.

To find local Doulas: https://www.doulagivers.com/find-a-end-of-life-doula/

To find free resources: https://www.doulagivers.com/free-resource-page/


Client Patient Access Services (CPAS)

An organization meant to provide quality at-home care services for a myriad of conditions including palliative care.

Location

310 Idylwyld Dr N, Saskatoon SK S7L 0Z2

(306) 655-4346


Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA)

This is the provincially sanctioned organization meant to aid people in various health services. Thier palliative specific services include:

Medical Assistance in Dying: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/medical-assistance-dying

Hospice care: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/healthline-online/aa114690#aa114758

Advance Care Planning: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/advance-care-planning

Care at end-of-life: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/healthline-online/aa129753

Child Palliative Care: https://momsandkidssask.saskhealthauthority.ca/infant-child-health/specialty-care/palliative-care

Caring Hearts

Caring Hearts is a group to supports the community in navigating grief, loss, and trauma through counseling, mental health support, and education. Their services include services include, support groups, counseling services, education programs, and grief camps for those struggling to cope with grief, loss, and/or trauma.

https://www.caringheartssk.ca



Care Mapping

A care map is a simple illustration of all those involved in the care of a patient. It often includes family, friends and healthcare professionals no matter the size of their contribution to the patient's care. The care map is meant to help its user understand the connections between all those involved in the patient's care. Creating a care map is a rather simple process and multiple templates exist that make creating one easier for patients and their caregivers.


Pallium Canada: Care-Map-Toolkit_How-to-Create-a-Care-Map.pdf (pallium.ca)

Alberta Health Services: care-map-template-diagnosis.pdf (albertahealthservices.ca)



To find more local counselors who specialize in grief, bereavement and end-of-life navigation please visit:

https://www.theravive.com/cities/sk/grief-counselling-saskatoon.aspx

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/saskatchewan?category=grief

https://www.theravive.com/cities/sk/

To find current and future grief support groups meeting weekly in Saskatchewan:

https://www.griefshare.org/countries/ca/states/sk






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