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Bereavement Programs and Services in the Province of Alberta: A Mapping Report

  • Donna M. Wilson (a1) and Robyn Playfair (a1)


This 2014 mapping exercise sought to identify and describe all bereavement support programs and services in the province of Alberta, and compare these to those available four years previously. Bereavement is a common life experience, especially among older persons, with support often needed to assist recovery. We sought program and service information through systematic searches and the snowball technique to identify providers and interview them. Although considerable (330%) growth, and more diversity in providers, programs, and services was evident, bereavement programs were no longer publicly funded. Instead, programs and services were now grassroots in origin, with individuals and community groups largely designing and providing bereavement support services. Bereavement programs are important, particularly for elderly persons who may be the most impacted by the death of a loved one. Whether governments should fund and/or provide these programs is a question that also needs to be addressed.

Cet exercice de cartographie en 2014 avait comme but d’ identifier et de décrire tous les programmes et services de soutien pendant le deuil dans la province entière de l’Alberta, et de les comparer aux ceux-ci disponibles quatre années d’avant. Le deuil est une expérience commune dans la vie, en particulier chez les personnes âgées, et le soutien est souvent nécessaire pour aider leur récupération. Nous avons cherché des informations sur les programmes et les services par le biais de recherches systématiques et la technique «boule de neige» est utilisée pour identifier les fournisseurs et les interviewer. Bien qu’une croissance considérable (330%), et une plus grande diversité parmi les fournisseurs, les programmes et les services, étaient évidente, nous avons découvert que les programmes de deuil ne sont plus encore financés par l’État. Au contraire, les programmes et les services existants proviennent maintenant de la base, avec des individus et des groupes communautaires offrant, pour la plupart, la conception et la fourniture de services de soutien aux personnes en deuil. Les programmes de deuil sont importants, en particulier pour les personnes âgées qui peuvent être les plus touchées par la mort d un être cher. Les résultats de ces programmes nécessitent une évaluation comparative. Si les gouvernements devraient fournir et / ou financer de tels programmes est une question qu’on doit également prendre en compte.


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La correspondance et les demandes de tire-à-part doivent être adressées à: / Correspondence and requests for offprints should be sent to: Donna M. Wilson, R.N., Ph.D. Faculty of Nursing, Third Floor ECHA Building, University of Alberta Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9 (


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