End-of-Life and Bereavement Follow-up

[…] Thank you for taking care of those left behind.Louise, bereaved mother of Hélène

In 1995, aware of the void caused by the death of a child within a family, Leucan created the Lise-Godin bereavement follow-up services, named in the memory of a great Leucan donor.

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Available throughout the grieving process, this program’s objective is multifold :

  • To provide support and comfort to bereaved parents and siblings
  • To give the family an opportunity to talk about the deceased child
  • To break down the family’s isolation by fostering solidarity between bereaved families through significant relationship-building activities
  • To put together respite and relaxation activities
  • To provide tools to overcome grief

As soon as the child’s death is announced, Leucan extends its bereavement follow-up services in several ways:

  • A sympathy card to the family
  • A follow-up telephone call from the Family Services Agent
  • Shipment of the bereavement kit, which includes documentation targeted to the different family members
  • Depending on the family needs and other specific criteria, a financial assistance to cover the funeral costs

Personalized follow-up throughout the bereavement process:

Leucan follows-up with the family over time and provides a diverse range of support services:

  • The Family Services Agent will make several follow-up telephone calls to assess the needs of families and give them an opportunity to express their emotions.
  • Three times a year, Leucan sends a newsletter,Grieving Info, to bereaved families to remind them that Leucan is available to them and to inform them of the upcoming activities and services available to them.
  • To assist families seeking information on bereavement, the Leucan Information Centre provides books, CDs and DVDs on the topic. These documents are also made available to families as part of the scheduled activities.
  • Massage therapy is also part of the service offer to meet the need expressed by bereaved individuals to take better care of themselves.
  • Since 2012, Leucan has made available a Psychological Assistance Fund to parents and siblings struggling to overcome the normal stages of grief and who do not have access to psychological care. This program is both a referral service and a fund to cover professional fees (psychologist, psychotherapist, etc.)
  • Leucan also organizes different activities targeted to bereaved families:
    • A provincial pampering stay for bereaved mothers
    • A provincial weekend for bereaved couples
    • Support groups for parents
    • An annual commemorative ceremony (where the immediate family is also welcomed)
    • A two-night respite stay for the whole family at Fairmont Château Montebello
    • A cinders day for teenagers (aged 12 to 17)
    • A cinders day for young adults (aged 18 to 26)
    • Meetings for youths, organized jointly with our partners Deuil Jeunesse and Maison Monbourquette
This past year, over 345 participants have broken out of their isolation to share their stories and seek comfort and a touch of serenity by taking part in activities organized by Leucan for bereaved member families.

For more information on the end-of-life and bereavement follow-up services, please contact the Department Advisor at 514-731-3696 or toll-free at 1-800-361-9643, ext. 214

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