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Lost a loved one? Grief support hotlines are available in Canada

The pain of grief and loss can make you want to withdraw from others and turn inwards. You may feel isolated. However, support is available. There are 3 hotlines in Canada that support with grief and loss. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you may find relief from talking to someone who understands:

  • Increased anxiety about the future
  • Feeling emotionally unstable, like you're on an emotional rollercoaster
  • If you are religious, you may start to question your faith
  • A feeling of abandonment by the person you lost
  • A feeling of deep sadness and emptiness
  • Using substances to cope with the pain
  • Complete shock and feeling that the loss is not real
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Grief and loss can bring up a diverse range of emotions. You may feel sad, angry, shocked, guilty, relieved, and scared all at once. This is a normal response but it can be confusing and make you feel alone.

It's okay to allow yourself to feel and experience your emotions without any shame. Nobody has the right to tell you how to feel because each person's grieving process is unique. For people in Canada, getting proper support can provide a space to talk about your experience openly and help you feel less isolated.

If you think you might need support with grief or loss today, consider contacting a helpline in Canada for free, confidential help.


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