Healing Heart Program at the Center for Living with Dying

Valle Monte League has been a steadfast supporter of the Healing Heart Program since 1972. This program, offered by The Centre for Living with Dying, operates under the umbrella of the Bill Wilson Center. Valle Monte League’s longstanding commitment to funding this program underscores its recognition of the vital emotional support it provides to individuals and families navigating the challenges of grief and loss. Through Valle Monte League’s continued funding, the Healing Heart Program can offer tailored grief groups for youth aged 5-17, as well as parent and caregiver groups to assist adults in supporting children through the grieving process. This support has been instrumental in helping countless individuals and families cope with the profound impact of loss over the years.

Did You Know?

A generous donation of:

$125

Can give an individual youth grief counseling for four sessions.

$250

Will provide 2 Critical Incident Responses to a school, agency or institution in the aftermath of a traumatic incident.

$500

Will provide a family of four a 9 week series of Healing Heart Group Support.

$1000

Will provide 2 eight hour education/training for teachers, parents and caregivers on how to support children and youth in grief and crisis in an affirming way.

Making a Difference

Lisa* and her children Olivia* and Blake* came to the Healing Hearts program at the Centre for Living With Dying after her husband died in a traumatic accident. Lisa witnessed her husband’s death and was both traumatized and suffering from profound survivor’s guilt. She was unable to sleep at night as she replayed her husband’s death in her mind each night. She did not share the details of their father’s death with her children (a teen and a child). Lisa was in such pain that Olivia and Blake felt emotionally shut off from her and unable to talk about the loss of their dad.

Each of the three went to a specific Healing Hearts programs:

Facilitators in the adult program helped Lisa to express her memories, feelings, regrets and forgive herself. They guided her in allowing her children to express their grief.

Facilitators for the Teen program supported Olivia in determining how she wanted to communicate her needs to her mom. By the close of the program, mother and daughter were connecting with each other again. Olivia made a friend in the group and they deeply supported each other.

Blake had a lot of energy! His group engaged in activities to help them express their grief: making memory boxes, and memorial candles with images of activities that he had done with his dad and connecting with other children about the experience of loss and grief.

At the end of the Healing Hearts program, the Lisa was able to sleep and found things to reconnect with that were still good in her life. Most important Lisa, Olivia and Blake reconnected with each other.

*Names changed for privacy