Available Supports

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’

That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.”

                               - Ritu Ghatourey

Bridge C-14 is building a community where no one touched by MAiD will feel alone or unsupported. We are providing a compassionate and safe place for individuals to share their lived experience and to build meaningful connections with others who can relate throughout all stages of the MAiD journey. We invite you to join in on the conversation, to find the support that you are seeking and to experience a feeling of community with others who understand and appreciate your journey.

If you are unable to find a resource, are looking for additional information or know of a service being offered that we should include on the website, contact us today!

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Bridge4You 1:1 Peer Support Program

1:1 peer support is available to those touched by MAiD through our Bridge4You 1:1 Peer Support Program.

Volunteers with lived MAiD experience offer support to individuals choosing MAiD*, those supporting someone through MAiD, or people grieving a MAiD death.

Once your request has been reviewed, we will contact you to arrange a 1:1 peer connection with one of our trained volunteers.

Connections can be arranged by phone, text, email or online meeting platform.

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Drop-In Sessions and Grief Support Groups

Click here for information

on our online peer-to-peer drop-in sessions and grief support groups for individuals choosing MAiD, those supporting someone through MAiD, or people grieving a MAiD death.

Drop-in sessions are 60 minutes in length (can be extended to 90 minutes with participant approval/ interest) and are an opportunity to connect, discuss and share with others who understand and appreciate the experience. 

Our grief support groups are offered 'seasonally'. They are facilitated over a 10-week period and each session is 90 minutes long. These groups require registration in advance and are currently offered only for individuals grieving a MAiD loss.

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Facebook Support Groups

“Bridge C-14: Compassionate Support for Individuals Choosing MAiD” is a Facebook group dedicated to helping individuals choosing MAiD to cope with adversity, grief and build community with others who are journeying through MAiD as well.

“Compassionate Support for Individuals Touched by Someone Choosing MAiD” is a Facebook group dedicated to building a community with those who have lived experience. 

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"Bridge C-14: A Community of Practice for Professionals and Organizations" is a Facebook group dedicated to connecting and providing support to those who have experience with MAiD in a professional or volunteer capacity.

Click here to learn more.

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Meaning Centred Group Therapy Program

Click here to learn more about our group therapy program for people pursuing MAiD. Meaning Centred Therapy has helped people improve their sense of meaning, reduce distress, and enhance their emotional and spiritual well-being as they prepare for end-of-life through experiential activities and conversations.

 

This program is for people seeking MAiD who have successfully completed their 1st assessment and are applying through track 1 or track 2. These individuals will be looking to create their legacy, foster a sense of hope, enrich connection, learn ways of coping, and enhance their emotional and spiritual well-being.

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Private Counselling

Click here to access information on private grief and bereavement support.

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End-of-Life Death Doulas

End-of-life doulas empower, educate and encourage people and their families to be involved in making decisions. A death doula supports a person during the dying process. This support is specific to that person's needs, beliefs, and desires which is fitting with MAiD.

 

To learn more about the End of Life Doula Association of Canada (EOLDAC) click here.

 

To learn more about the Death Doula Network of British Columbia (DDNBC) click here.


If you are interested in connecting with a death doula on your MAiD journey, please contact us by email and we will put you in touch with someone who will support you along the way.

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Volunteers

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Kinwood MAiD Guide

Kinwood and Bridge C-14 have developed a guide that offers straightforward advice on how families and loved ones can support a MAiD decision through the days leading up to a MAiD event. While this guide is non-medical in nature, it takes the reader through the planning and considerations as individuals prepare for MAiD.

Titled, What do we say? What do we do? The Kinwood Guide to MAiD Preparation, offers insight into how to approach and support an individual accessing MAiD, what happens on the MAiD day, and how families and friends can channel their grief and energy to support their loved one.

For access to the guide, click here.

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Presentations / Education

Interested in having Bridge C-14 speak on the topic of Medical Assistance in Dying and the need for community support to your organization, church group, community centre or more?

We would be happy to meet with your group to present on the topic!

Send us an email outlining the details of your request, including the proposed audience, approximate group size, possible