A National Grief Strategy: The time is now!
Never in our lives have we experienced the volume or complexity of grief as we are with COVID-19 and the public health restrictions necessary to control the virus. Canadian grief services are underfunded and insufficient to meet the growing demand. Grief services are more difficult to access for people living in rural and remote communities, Indigenous People, children and youth, immigrants and refugees.
The Canadian Grief Alliance is a group of national leaders in grief who've come together to develop a proposal to bolster grief services. The proposal calls on governments to:
- Develop a consultation-driven National Grief Strategy in the next 4 months to identify gaps, best practices and priorities.
- Sustain and expand grief services by investing $100 million over three years to implement the National Grief Strategy.
- Launch a national public awareness campaign to increase Canadians' understanding of grief, healthy coping strategies, and build the capacity of individuals and communities to support the grieving.
- Invest $10 million in grief research to help us understand and respond to pandemic-related grief.
Read the proposal
. Read the media release
. A list of Canadian Grief Alliance members can be found at the end of both documents.
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