The Envision Counselling and Support Centre is now offering counselling for loss and grief.
“Dating back to our needs assessment in 2008, we recognized there was a need in the southeast for counselling in this specialized area,” said Envision executive director Christa Daku. “We have been attempting to find a way to offer it within our programming structure for a long time.
“The Family Intervention Program currently offers counselling to families who are experiencing personal life challenges and crisis in many areas.”
Daku said they typically see families who are experiencing marital and relationship breakdowns, blended family issues, child and parent conflicts, high risk adolescent behaviours, and other significant changes or losses within a family that creates a high degree of stress.
“We see loss and grief counselling as the perfect fit for our Family Intervention Program,” said Daku.
According to Envision, loss and grief can be categorized in many different areas, and they reach all demographics. Commonly, loss is associated with death, however, it also encompasses many other areas of a family’s life.
Daku said loss of health, loss of pregnancy and fertility issues, caregiver issues, employment loss, war-related loss, and violent crimes and victimization are all areas where a family may experience grief.
“If one member of the family experiences a trauma, such as witnessing a horrific accident, it may eventually impact the whole family in the future,” Daku says. “Our hope is that by offering this programming, we will be able to provide a preventative measure to long-term effects, such as depression.
“The family system as a whole may become affected, so we want to be available when something significant arises.”
Daku says Envision would also like to provide support to the newcomer population, who may experience a feeling of loss when they move to a new country.
“There are many challenges that encompass moving to a new country and leaving supports, family, employment and stability behind,” said Daku. “Fitting into a new culture would be challenging for anyone.”
She believes that the loss and grief counselling program can offer newcomers connections to local community resources, and more importantly, provide non-judgemental support for those who may be having difficulty coping.
Daku encourages people experiencing feelings of loss or grief to call an Envision office in Estevan, Carlyle, Oxbow or Weyburn. They can also consult Envision's website.