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Victim resources - Death and bereavement

The death of a family member or someone close to you may be one of the most painful events of your life. You may experience devastating emotional feelings, as well as physical reactions and financial stressors.

Practical Matters: Following the Death of a Loved One

Counselling resources for adults

Counselling resources for children and youth

Hospice Calgary
Telephone: 403-263-4525

  • Professional grief and trauma counsellors specialize in child and teen friendly techniques that build resilience and renew hope.

Kids Help Phone
24-hour crisis line: 1-800-688-6868

  • 24-hour online and counseling available for those 5-20 years old

Resources for investigations

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Telephone: 403-297-8123

  • Information and the role of the Medical Examiner’s Office

Financial resources

Canada Pension Plan
Telephone: 1-800-277-9914

  • The death benefit is a one-time payment to, or on behalf of, the estate of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor;
  • The survivor's pension is a monthly pension paid to the surviving spouse or common-law partner of a deceased contributor;
  • The children's benefit is a monthly benefit for dependent children of a deceased contributor.
  • You must complete an application form.

Alberta Family and Social Services
Telephone: 310-0000 toll-free in Alberta

  • In the province of Alberta, no one is ever denied the dignity of a funeral. If a family is unable to pay, the government department of Alberta Family and Social Services can provide assistance for basic funeral services, a casket, and cemetery or cremation fees.

Alberta Health Services - Grief Support Program

Telephone: 403-955-8011

  • The Grief Support Program provides individual and group grief counseling.

The Compassionate Friends of Canada, Inc

  • Peer support for those experiencing the death of a child.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Calgary
403-265-SIDS (7437)

  • Peer support for those losing a child to SIDS

Suicide Crisis Helpline
Call or Text: 988

  • 988 is a national three-digit helpline for anyone thinking about suicide or who is worried about someone they know. You can phone or text 988 24/7. 

Distress Center
24-hour crisis line:
403-266-HELP (4357)

  • 24-hour information and support
  • Access to free counseling services for individuals, groups and families

24-hour crisis line:
403-264-8336 (TEEN)

  • 24-hour Information and support for teens
  • Peer support 5 - 10 p.m. daily, online or over the phone

Calgary Counselling Centre
Telephone: 833-827-4229 (business hours)

  • Long term counseling for individuals, families or couples

Wood's Homes - Eastside Community Mental Health Services
Telephone:: 403-299-9699 (8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 7 days a week)
Text: 587-315-5000 (9 a.m. - 10 p.m. 7 days a week)
Address: 255, 495 36 St. N.E., Northgate Mall

  • No fee - immediate walk-in counseling for youth, individuals and families.
  • Walk-In: Tuesdays 11a.m. - 7p.m., Saturdays 11a.m. - 5p.m.

Healing Hearts Calgary
Telephone: 587-333-4539

  • Healing Hearts Calgary (formerly GRASP) bereavement support for families who have lost a loved one to substance use harms and overdose


In an emergency always call 911

Non-emergency 403-266-1234