Thankfully many members of MSTH have loved ones seeking or in recovery, however, the great majority of mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses, grandparents, and friends who have joined this group are living with grief. Sadly, there is little available in terms of grief support specifically for those who have lost a loved one due to substance use related causes. There are, however, clear linkages between the kind of complicated grief that develops after a substance use loss and the grief felt by those who lost someone to suicide. In both cases the grief is complex and prolonged, due to feelings of guilt and shame, as well as societal stigma.
BC Bereavement Helpline - call 604-738-9950 or toll free 1-877-779-2223, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Free and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within BC.