We all grieve. But we don’t have to do it alone.
Free, ongoing support with a trained volunteer is available.
You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection (YNA) matches grieving adults with trained volunteers who have had a similar grief experience.
Once matched, the grieving participant and trained volunteer meet regularly by telephone for up to a year, if needed. The match is confidential; this is a safe space for the participant to speak openly about what they are experiencing.
Matches are based on common experiences, not geography. This means the volunteer and participant will likely live in different areas of Alberta. The important thing is the connection of the shared grief experience.
What is grief?
Grief is a normal emotion that we all experience. In any year, over 135,000 Albertans will face grief following a death.
Grief can happen anytime, not just after a death. Anticipatory grief happens before death; the time of illness before a death is filled with many losses that we grieve. The losses of health, mobility, normalcy and the loss of potential are all reasons to grieve.
Who can participate?
Albertans facing grief, either before or after a death, are welcome as participants. If you are grieving and need friendly support from a volunteer who has been there, please apply online or by calling 403 206 9938.
Who can volunteer?
Albertans who have experienced a personal loss and are now ready to support others going through this journey are welcome to volunteer.
Albertans who have been living with a life-limiting diagnosis for a long time and feel ready to support a person with a fresh diagnosis are welcome to volunteer.
Please note: YNA is not professional counselling. YNA is not a crisis service and does not have a 24/7 response.