What is HUUG?

The Help Us Understand Grief (HUUG) Program provides short term supports and counselling to children, youth, and families living with serious illness, dying, death, and grief. Like all of our services offered at Heart House Hospice, HUUG is available to families at no cost.
Identify Support Systems
Address Worries & Fears
Do Legacy Work
Identify & Express Feelings
Understand Death & Grief
Express Hopes & Wishes
Develop Coping Strategies
Live With A New Normal
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What parents said about HUUG...

Click or hover on each box to reveal the AFTER effect that HUUG had.

BEFORE

"She doesn't talk much about her father and may be keeping her feelings inside. To me sometimes it seems like she doesn't care that her father passed which breaks my heart.

AFTER

"I am very happy with the program, it has been a great resource to make me feel confident that my child is ok and that I am doing and saying the right things to help her through her dad's death."

BEFORE

"He has a lot inside of him that he is not communicating and is sad a lot."

AFTER

"Please continue to support my child in grief...it has changed his life...he is more comfortable talking about my mom now."

BEFORE

"Because she is still young I worry about finding the right time to help her understand that her daddy will die from cancer."

AFTER

"She understands the grieving process better and has more coping strategies that I wouldn't have been able yo teach her."

BEFORE

"He is stuck in anger. Can't process his feelings or understand death."

AFTER

"It helped my son know his feelings were ok and normal."

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Past Activities and Events

These events were part of our HUUG (Help Us Understand Grief) program.

MUSIC CIRCLE

Music can be a great way to express your feeling.

SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS

We also take the opportunity to celebrate mothers and fathers on their special day

WEAVE

A family weave to initiate reflection and sharing of memories. A beautiful keepsake filled with inspiration and messages for each other.

QUILTS

Special cloths, colours, fabric and mementos can remind us of our loved ones. Some of our activities build legacy pieces with some of our and our loved ones favorite things.

PREPARING OUR HEART FOR THE SPECIAL HOLIDAYS

We made special ornaments for the tree with memories and love. This serves to remind us of past memories, special moments and their continues presence.

KINTSUGI

Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art that acknowledges breaks and repairs as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.