Brien offers individual and family counselling both in home and in office.  However, one of the best enabling processes is through groups.  Groups generally become their own form of “social networking” where participants unite with people of different career backgrounds, different ages and different philosophies in walking through the many undulations of grief.

The Bereavement Group model used is, for now, a series of three evening discussions held one per week for three consecutive weeks.  Participants who attend are charged a nominal fee for their involvement.  This fee serves to pay expenses but, more significantly, it provides incentive for full participation.  Each evening brings with it “exercises” (homework) which will serve as a continuum of the current discussions.

It is stressed that all emotions expressed are confidential and the meetings are held in a secure location which offers privacy and safety.  In addition to these guidelines, participants are requested NOT to judge others and, most importantly, not to offer solutions or suggestions unless asked.  Often experience has taught me that people may comment in what may be considered as a harmless or friendly manner, but the ramifications may be quite the opposite depending upon the interpretations of others in a group.  We also spend considerable time discussing the role of children of all maturation levels and how they can and should be made a part of the loss cycles.

There has recently been a new course added.  For those who have an animal friend that has been diagnosed with an incurable disease or when “quantity” of life has replaced “quality of life”, a one evening course has been created.  This is also offered as an individual or family experience as well.  The many issues surrounding pre-mortem grief, often referred to as “Anticipatory Grief” are, in my experience and in the opinion of many, extremely significant in the overall processes of bereavement.


Private: A “session” has NO time limit but is usually 1-2 hours in length

Group: “Group” which consists of 3 sessions of approx. 2 ½ hr,  duration each.

Weekend Support Group: Friday-pm, 2 sessions Saturday  OR  1 session Saturday and 1 Sunday “Group” which consists of 3 sessions of approx. 2 ½ hr. duration each.

With either “Group” there will be three sessions:  the weekday will be held one evening per week for 3 consecutive weeks lasting approximately 3 hours.  The “weekend group” can be somewhat more flexible in that there can be a Friday evening, and, respecting peoples’ individual faiths there can be two sessions on Saturday or one on Saturday and one on Sunday.  The Friday can also be shifted if it is best.  There is also some one-on-one time built into the courses for individual concerns or difficulties.

Regarding the “Individual “ sessions these are by appointment and, in general, should be held where the person or family is most comfortable.  These sessions have NO time limitation” and, depending on the progress at each session, may require as few as two meetings.



Pre-Mortem Session-  NO LIMITATION TO SIZE: This is a one-time session lasting approximately 3 hours. This course is also excellent for human issues as well.

For more details on the course, including a longer description and sub-headings and topics included feel free to inquire here. Thank you


List of Current Courses

  • Family and Group Grief Support



  • Know Yourself and Your Feelings / Emotions
  • Companioning the Bereaved- The Journey Toward Peace

For more details on the course, including a longer description and sub-headings and topics included feel free to inquire here. Thank you


A nominal fee to defray expenses is charged for each course.


  1. Download the form here (printable pdf file)
  2. Please print out, fill-in, and bring to the first session