Rural Bereavement Project
In conjunction with three rural Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba (i.e. Prairie Mountain Health Authority, Southern Health – Santé Sud, Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority), Palliative Manitoba acknowledged that grief and bereavement education and supports were limited in rural communities around Manitoba.
In 2014, with a generous grant from the Thomas Sill Foundation, a rural bereavement project was launched. As of this writing, this project included workshops that provide valuable resources regarding bereavement services, education about loss, grief, and bereavement; discussions on communications strategies for people who are caring for the bereaved; the importance of maintaining excellent self-care while assisting others through the grieving process; and presentations on various means that people in rural communities can start the conversation about grief while supporting their own community members.
Pilot workshops were conducted in Winkler/Morden, Winnipegosis, Birtle, Portage La Prairie, Stonewall, Gimli, Carman and Beausejour during 2016.