From Grieving To Healing

Navigating Loss & Grief

The Solace Grief Support Society is a registered charity

centred in Foothills County and the surrounding area in Southern Alberta.


Solace Grief Support Society’s

Youth Art Journaling for Grief and Loss

Virtual Group for Youth (Ages 13-17)

Thursday Evenings (via Zoom)    |    October 28 – December 16    |    6:30 – 8:00 PM

Youth Art Therapy IMG

(Photos by; Atlin Ferreira, Alice Donovan, Svetlana Pochatun)

Have you Experienced a Loss of any kind that you just can’t seem to get over?

Whatever type of loss you’ve suffered, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. You don’t have to go through this alone. Join with us and your peers to find ways to express and work through your grief in creative ways to heal and improve your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.


Once registered, participants will be provided with their own Art Kit so they will have everything they need to participate.

There are only 8 spots so register early!

Solace Grief Support Society (SGSS) counsellors are seeing a spike in the number of youth requiring support for grief and loss, and this is compounded by the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Youth need alternative ways to support their complex mental health needs at this time. It is much more effective to work with youth that have similar experiences. SGSS will be offering an 8-week, Art therapy, virtual support group for Youth in the Foothills area, ages 13-17, for grief related to any type of loss in their lives. The group will be held via Zoom Thursday evenings Oct 28 – Dec 16 from 6:30-8:00pm. Once registered participants will be provided with their own Art Kit so they will have everything they need to participate. There are only 8 spots so register early.

Our primary goal is to support the grief healing process and improve the youth’s physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. It is important for youth to be part of a supportive community of peers. Art therapy offers “an expanded practice of bereavement support, and at the same time taps the wellspring of individual’s creativity and mobilizes the validation and inspiration of a caring group” (Rogers, p.xviii, 2007).

For further information and to register please contact SGSS Counsellor and Art Therapist, Pattie Ann Pryma RN, PhD, PMATD at [email protected] or call 403-852-5267.


Group counselling sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., and the third Monday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., via ZOOM. Individual and family counselling is held by telephone or secure video conferencing. To join a group session or to arrange for individual or family counselling, please contact one of our counsellors. Counselling is always free-of-charge.

Vi Sharpe (403) 860-3189

Pattie Ann Pryma (403) 852-5267

Pansy Angevine (403) 681-0494

We Are Here to Help

There are ways to move through pain and healing during difficult times, with the help of others. Grieving fully while honouring your loss brings renewed healing and hope to your life while you develop skills to move forward.


Every experience of loss and grief is unique in our lives and can affect us on many different levels: emotionally, spiritually, physically, socially, and mentally. We can help you walk through these times with individual and family counselling, as well as group sessions.


There is no right way to navigate loss and grief. Grief has no set time.


During Covid-19 social isolation, services will be provided by telephone or secure video-conferencing. To join a group session or to arrange for individual and family counselling, please contact us at [email protected], or reach out to one of our counsellors: Vi Sharpe (403) 860-3189, or Pattie Ann Pryma

(403) 852-5267.


Counselling is always free-of-charge.



I started going to this Grief Support program seven months after my wife passed away. Members of the group were strangers but we quickly connected on a level of a common theme. This was very significant because we shared and listened to each other’s stories and I realized others were going through what I was. This really helped. After each gathering, I had moved forward. I feel fortunate to have been part of this group.
Grief can come on slow, fast, be buried or be a compilation of loss. As a therapist I believed I had the skills to work through my grief and stress, however it became clear I needed assistance. I'm so grateful for the referral to Vi Sharpe. Her focused attention during our sessions is comfortable and calming. She helped wade through guilt, stress and feelings of selfishness I had skillfully ignored. Although still fraught with difficult moments, I can see blue skies...even on rainy days now. Thank you Solace and Vi!


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Solace Grief Support Society is a registered society.