Reference List

The content for MyGrief.ca comes from several sources: peer-reviewed and published professional literature including current bereavement research; the clinical expertise of the expert contributors; individuals who shared their story of loss; and, the family members who have been involved from planning through to launch of MyGrief.ca.

The literature cited below has informed the content of MyGrief.ca either directly or indirectly. We are indebted to those who research, educate and practice in the field of grief for sharing their wisdom and moving the field of bereavement support forward.


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