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.
FACING GRIEF - Expressing emotions through art - French
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.
Art therapy at home
We know that the current situation greatly affects you and your family as you grieve for your loved one. That's why we've come up with activities you can do from home. Since we had to interrupt our regular art-therapy bereavement support session, 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, and that’s especially true now, as families are prohibited from gathering together at funerals. 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.
Virtual monday meetings
Every Monday at 1:30 pm, psychotherapist Michel Trozzo hosts a virtual meeting to help people get through this difficult time. You can take part via computer, tablet or smartphone from the comfort of your home, sharing your experiences and benefiting from a bit of support by the rest of the group. The meetings last about an hour. Sign up at [email protected] or by calling 514-277-7778. Participation is 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.
In the current circumstances, consultations are conducted by telephone or video. To make an appointment, call us at 514-277-7778 or send us an email at [email protected].
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. Please note that in the current circumstances, consultations are conducted by telephone. 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 is not accessible at the moment. However, through our online store we offer a wide choice of books on grief, death, and the loss of a loved one for sale as gifts or for personal use.
IMPORTANT NOTICE COVID-19
In an effort to help contain the spread of the pandemic, MEMORIA has decided to suspend the following support activities where attendance is normally required. We invite you to check back regularly for updates.
Based on principles of psychology and visual arts, this approach encourages self-expression through the creation of images. Anyone can get in touch with their creative process to explore and better understand their feelings about death. Please note that art therapy workshops are not offered at this time.
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. Due to social-distancing restrictions, this activity is not currently offered.