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.
Grief Support Groups
In response to the lack of grief support several of our members have started peer support groups, either under the umbrella of the US organization GRASP or on their own. Currently Canadian GRASP groups exist in Victoria., BC, Kelowna, BC, Edmonton, AB, Calgary, AB, Toronto ON, and Waterloo, ON. The Vancouver group is currently inactive and a group is Saskatoon is in discussions. To contact the active groups and find out when they meet, go to the GRASP website.
Several members started grief support groups without the GRASP banner. For information the Fort McMurray group contact us.