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The Jewish Hospice program provides culturally attuned supports to clients diagnosed with progressive life-limiting illness, those who are at the end of life, their loved ones and family caregivers, and those who have experienced a death loss. Our program is available at no cost to families in the Greater Toronto Area who identify as Jewish.


Community Hospice Program

The Jewish Hospice Program works with clients living in the community to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support to individuals and their family members. Our team helps clients navigate the healthcare system and works alongside their care providers to offer integrated and collaborative care. The Jewish Hospice Program is staffed by a Program Manager, Hospice Social Workers, Rabbi Chaplains, and a Volunteer Manager (through Circle of Care).


The Jewish Hospice Program provides:

  • Counselling

  • Care planning, resource identification, advocacy and system navigation

  • Spiritual support

  • Support for caregivers and caregiver relief

  • Support for individuals, families and children

  • Grief Counselling and Bereavement support

  • Trained volunteers (in partnership with Circle of Care)

  • Connection to a range of JF&CS services including financial assistance (where applicable)

  • Services available in English and Russian


General Eligibility (please call for more information):

  • Those diagnosed with progressive life limiting illness that identify as Jewish and their families

  • Catchment: Lakeshore to Bloomington Road, 400 to the 404.

Click here to view our brochure. 


Grief and Bereavement Program

While grief is a pervasive process, it is unique to each of us. The experience is impacted by personal history, current circumstances, the relationship with the deceased, and the death itself. Our team of professionals aims to provide those at end of life, their caregivers and loved ones, and those who have experienced a death loss, a safe space to process their grief. Clients are matched to available services and supports based on unique needs and grief experience.  Services are offered in both individual and group formats and is available to adults, children, and families.


COVID-19 and Endemic Environment

We have seen an increased demand for grief and bereavement supports during this time. To meet the needs of our community, we have expanded the scope of our individual and group services as follows.


The Grief and Bereavement Program Provides:

  • Individual counseling

  • Group supports 

  • Support for children, adults and families

  • Psychoeducation about grief and bereavement

  • Culturally attuned approach to grief

  • Connection to resources in the community

  • Spiritual support

  • Services available in English and Russian


General Eligibility (please call for more information):

Individual Support: Grievers GTA-wide who identify as part of the Jewish community   and have experienced a recent death loss (within the last 24 months).

Group Support: Aimed at the Jewish community but open to all.

Click here to view our brochure. 


Education and Consultation

Our team is available to support professionals in social service and healthcare settings who work with the Jewish community by sharing expertise and providing education about Jewish cultural and spiritual needs at end-of-life and into bereavement. We provide seminars and consultation with a cultural and clinical perspective. For more information please contact and ask to be connected to the Program Manager.


How to access our Hospice and Grief and Bereavement services:

For the General Public: Please contact us by calling 416-638-7800 and ask for Intake.

For Healthcare professionals:  Click here to print out a Common Referral Form and fax it to: 416-638-7943, Attention Jewish Hospice


The Jewish Hospice Program is a member of HPCO and has achieved Accreditation of our Hospice and Grief and Bereavement Services.


Jewish Family and Child Service | Privacy Notice for the Hospice Program

Jewish Family and Child Service is committed to protecting individual privacy and the confidentiality of the personal health information (PHI) it holds. Jewish Family and Child Service in respect of the Hospice Program is a health information custodian and must comply with Ontario’s health privacy law, the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA).

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