What is the Butterfly Bereavement Project?
For six months, residents of our community have been invited to personalize a vellum butterfly in memory of a loved one. This project in partnership with Bethell Hospice and Hospice Dufferin commemorates National Grief & Bereavement days in November. The butterflies will be displayed as part of a large art installation at Headwaters Health Care Centre.
Each butterfly in the installation represents a loved one, and the amalgamation of all the butterflies represents the community of support reaching out to care for those who are grieving. National Grief and Bereavement Day and Children’s Grief Awareness Day calls upon all of us to reach out and walk alongside those around us on their grief journey.
Send the message that grief matters.
Pledge to support the grief journey by submitting your own message below. You can write a message to honour your loved ones, write one in support a friend/family member going through the grief journey, or make a pledge to yourself for self-compassion. Grief is hard, so let’s grieve together.
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Click the button below to see additional grief and bereavement resources in Caledon-Dufferin. This webpage also includes a list of books and websites to help young children, adolescents, teenagers, parents, and adults understand and cope with their grief.
Bethell Hospice has a comprehensive bereavement program. Support from the team of highly skilled professionals is available to individuals of all ages, and is free of charge. Services include: 1:1 supportive counselling, support groups, spiritual care, music and art therapy, therapeutic touch, special interest workshops and webinars, and more.
Hospice Dufferin Bereavement Programs include: one-on-one support from a spiritual care coordinator, monthly mailing to grieving family members, and a lending library of information for adults and children.
Grief Resources and Tips
1. Host your own Butterfly Workshop.
2. Set up a Butterfly Station at your agency.
3. Promote the project and spread the word!
Host your own Butterfly Workshop
The Butterfly Workshop is for organizations looking to run an in-person workshop event or add the workshop to an existing event.
Butterfly Workshop Toolkit coming soon!
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Bereavement Books & Websites
Butterfly Colouring Pages
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Set up a Butterfly Station at your organization
The Butterfly Station is for organizations looking to set up a station at their location(s) for clients to participate in as they choose.
Butterfly Station Toolkit coming soon!