Workshop: Dealing with Grief and Loss
A partnership approach to understanding and working through complex grief and loss issues Sometimes life gets messy and dealing with the everyday routine can feel overwhelming, especially when you are trying to grieve or heal from a loss.
On Sept. 28, Wood Buffalo Victim Services and Some Other Solutions (SOS) are holding a half-day grief and loss workshop for Fort McKay residents. Linda Sovdi, Health & Wellness Manager with SOS, will present about the stages of grief, how to identify the common physical and emotional responses to loss, and lead attendees through activities.
- Where: Fort McKay Family Support Centre
- When: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Information about other resources available to the community will be available at the session. Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact Kayla at 780-828-4048.
RMWB Victim Services
105 Paquette Drive
Fort McMurray, AB
Phone: 780-788-4250 (main line)
On average it takes about one to three months for applicants to get their security clearance and complete their training online. Volunteers are asked to commit to four 12-hour shifts each month and to attend monthly meetings.
Please contact Victim Services for more information about volunteering at 780-788-4263.
The mission of Victim Services is to provide a highly skilled, compassionate level of service to any victim of crime or tragedy, through our dedicated staff and volunteers.
Our unit works with Wood Buffalo RCMP to provide support, information and referrals to residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo during their time of crisis, trauma or tragedy, whether they are victims of crime, sudden death or family crisis.
Victim Services was established in 1987 to provide advocacy to victims of crime and tragedy. We provide information to victims on financial benefits, restitution and victim impact statements. Victim Services provides support to victims of crime and tragedy from the time of crisis and throughout the court process. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to our clients. Victim Services provides immediate emotional and physical support during an event, as well as confidentiality and anonymity from non-judgmental, respectful, empathetic professional individuals, who are culturally sensitive and don't discriminate against any people or groups.
Services include, but are not limited to, court preparation and support, referral services, appointment accompaniment, legal system navigation and education, crisis intervention and support, with an in-depth involvement in collaborative efforts with government and non-government agencies and services. We focus on ongoing training to ensure that our advocates and staff properly educate and inform our clients of their legislative rights. Victim Services is guided by a clear code of conduct and bound by the strictest of professional ethics.
Our Victim Service Unit Offers:
- Crisis intervention for:
- Domestic violence
- Critical incident stress management
- Grief and trauma support
- Coping with stress
- Protection orders
- Personal safety tips
- Dating violence
- Information about Alberta Victim programs
- Victim impact statements
- Financial benefits
- Court services, including:
- Court preparation and support
- Legal services
- Court house terms
- Referral to crisis/distress/emergency services
- Printed resource materials
- Comfort and reassurance
- Personal Safety Plan information
- Privacy and confidentiality