EP #312: Good Grief! Starting a Registered Charity with Eileen Jadd & Justine Silver


What You’ll Learn from this Episode About Good Grief! Starting a Registered Charity in Toronto, ON Canada with Eileen Jadd & Justine Silver in Midlife:

  • What the experience is life of starting a registered charity about good grief in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
  • How a passion for expediting waiting for service led to starting a registered charity about grief.
  • Why navigating finding services for grief is even more difficult when you are experiencing grief.
  • How Good Grief Bereavement Healing Services was developed.
  • Why finding counselors who specialize in grief services became a priority.
  • How starting slowly can be a winning strategy when creating something new.
  • Why the fear of trying is often worse than the regret of not trying.
  • What to do about hearing unwanted comments when you’re grieving.
  • Why asking more about the person who passed is a better question than asking how the person died.
  • How your own discomfort and confusion can get in the way of you helping the griever.
  • What to say when someone says something to you that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Why it’s important to improve your grief literacy at home, at work, in group residences, and in other group settings.
  • Why addressing disenfranchised grief (coping with grief that’s not openly acknowledged, socially mourned, or publicly supported) is critical too.
  • Why it’s important to understand how normal grief is.

Welcome to another episode of the Women in the Middle Podcast

This week we’re talking about grief and starting a registered charity in midlife. My guests are Justine Silver and Eileen Jadd, founders of Good Grief: Bereavement Healing Services in Toronto, ON Canada.

Justine and Eileen are sisters who were both looking for a way to make an impact and give back in some meaningful way when they were in their 40s. When Justine’s husband passed away unexpectedly at only 44 years old, they became extremely aware of how difficult it was to navigate the system for help when grieving. Together, they decided to do something to improve the situation and created a registered charity that promotes health for grieving adults by providing referrals to essential healing support services, including healthcare professionals, educational programming, and community resources.

registered charity bereavement healing Justine Silver has brought together her years of experience as a professional Even Planner and her deeply personal experience as a griever to co-create Good Grief! Bereavement Healing Services. Originally from Houston, TX, Justine made Toronto her home in 1996. She was married for five years to her beloved husband Steward Silver, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2011. With the support of her family, friends, professional counselors, and fellow grievers, she was able to access tools and techniques to help her begin to move forward in her life.

Now, working closely with her sister Eileen, she is putting her extensive non-profit sector experience with her strong organizational, planning, negotiation, and management skills to work to develop and deliver invaluable not-for-profit community resources to grieving me and women throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Justine currently lives in Toronto with her Boston Terrier Lilah.


Registered Charity Bereavement Healing Services TorontoEileen Jadd is also originally from Texas. She’s a registered social worker and bereavement educator. Eileen has worked in the community with a variety of populations in a professional and volunteer capacity. She’s also a co-founder of their registered charity, Good Grief, and together, with her sister Justine, she helps make it easier for people to navigate their grief journeys.

Personally, I have known Eileen and her family for over 30 years. I’ve had a front-row seat to watching them develop their passion to make it easier for grievers to find help and support. It takes a lot of commitment and courage to create something new like this and as midlife women, that’s a beautifully rewarding experience!

I know you’re going to enjoy this interview!

Connect with Good Grief: Bereavement Healing Services (Registered Charity)

Website: www.goodgriefhealing.ca

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