Swift Current and area residents who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or the potential upcoming loss of a loved one, were able to engage in meaningful conversations in a safe space at the Grief Cafe yesterday. 

The Grief Cafe began in 2023 and takes place monthly, drawing in around 15 people regularly to their office located in Swift Current.

Michelle McCrie, founder of Making Memories, became a death doula after her journey with the loss of her daughter in October of 2009.

"A death doula provides non-medical support for people and their families before, during, and after end-of-life," said McCrie.

The group doesn't strictly follow the timelines textbook layout for the grieving process and they often practice breathing exercises or meditation at the end of their session.

Attendees of the Grief Cafe can find support, compassion, connection, and comfort in the fact that there is no right way to grieve.

"We always have soft lighting, comfortable chairs, tea, coffee, and snacks," McCrie added, making the setting comfortable and relaxed.

McCrie notes that with growing interest in the Grief Cafe, they are considering having it twice a month to make the group more accessible.

Making Memories also hosts other events including monthly Death Cafes, and on April 13 they plan to host an End of Life Planning Event.

The End of Life Planning Event will take place at Walker Place in the Fireside Room-Entrance C, there will be three rounds of sessions, one at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and one at 7 p.m.

The sessions will focus on estate planning and pre-planning funerals with presentations from McCrie, Alex Laird; a lawyer at Stringham LLP, and Dan and Nancy Martens; owners of Swift Current Funeral Home & Crematorium.