You never completely get over the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, you feel the need to open up to others, but, out of modesty, shyness, fear of making them feel badly, you close yourself off in your solitude. Yet talking and expressing your sorrow can help you get through the stages of grief.
Art therapy at home
Based on certain principles of psychology and visual arts, this approach promotes self-expression through the creation of images. Everyone can reconnect with their creative process in order to explore and better understand their emotions to face the death of a beloved one.
If you are interested in these creativity workshops but don't want to travel to our location, we offer these video workshops for you to express yourself in the comfort of your home or just to try.
Art allows self-expression. Through artistic creation, we tell our story and take care of the past, present and future. Beyond words, images sometimes become meaningful for life and death. You don't have to be an experienced artist, this formula works for everyone.
We've also come up with downloadable activities you can do from home. We're now offering home-based workshops in collaboration with our long-time partner, Jean-Marc Péladeau.
Please allow approximately 15 minutes for each session.
In this period of confinement imposed on us, it is important we take the time to absorb the new that will emerge from this historical moment. Without being fully aware of it, we are all in a kind of mourning. When everything returns to normal, we will never be the same again. We will, each in his or her own way, have passed from death to life.
-Jean-Marc Péladeau, art therapist
Support for children
For children, the idea of losing a loved one can be hard to grasp. Under the circumstances, how can they best say goodbye, or show their support for those around them? Here’s where you come in: don't hesitate to discuss what’s happened and encourage them to share their feelings. Maybe making a drawing would express it best, or writing a note to the family.
To help you open a dialogue with your children, we’ve come up with a colouring activity they can do. It’s as simple as choosing a picture they like and letting their creativity run free. Once they’re done, they then take a photo of their picture and share it online with the family.
These days, children are under more stress than usual, so it’s important to know there are a number of specialized services that can help them deal with their grief over the phone, including Deuil-Jeunesse and La Maison des Petits Tournesols.
Every Monday, join a virtual group meeting, hosted by Michel Trozzo, psychotherapist. Share your questions or your grief experience with others. This is an opportunity to take advantage of group support to get through this difficult time.
Until Monday, July 4, meetings are offered online only, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Starting Monday, July 11, the meetings will be held :
• on site, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1120, rue Jean-Talon Est (corner Christophe-Colomb), in Montreal
• virtually, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sign up at [email protected] or by calling 514-277-7778. Seats are limited.
Healing the soul is the work of specialists. MEMORIA offers its clients complimentary psychological counselling (in French) with two specialists of the soul: Diane Légaré, psychologist, and Michel Trozzo, psychotherapist. This support service can be spread over six sessions. Whether it is because you simply want some information or to take full advantage of the service, at your own rate, call us right away. You can then decide yourself how many sessions you wish to attend.
Children and bereavement
In partnership with the French-language service Deuil jeunesse, Alfred Dallaire MEMORIA offers up to four psychological support sessions for grieving children and adolescents, free of charge. These services are also available for adults who wish to prepare their children for — or accompany them through — the grieving process. To make an appointment, call us at 514-277-7778 or send us an email at [email protected].
Documentation centre on death and bereavement
Our documentation centre offers a wide choice of books on grief, death, and the loss of a loved one for sale as gifts or for personal use.
Take a little time out for yourself during the Yoga MEMORIA sessions. For some, these gentle yoga sessions will be an opportunity to slow down and remember a loved one, to heal, to get back to life and themselves. For others, the sessions will be a way to relieve tension in their body, catch their breath, regain their balance. This activity is not currently offered.