Julien Gaudet’s House offers a welcoming place where people anticipating or affected by the death of a loved one can come for compassion and support throughout their personal journey.

a message from:
Christine & Germain Gaudet

In May 2011, our son Julien Gaudet died as a result of a traumatic brain injury suffered in an automobile related accident. Julien was 18 years old.
In the weeks and months that followed, we sought out counselling through the bereavement program at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor Essex County Branch. There, we found companionship, support and invaluable coping mechanisms to help get us through the daily challenges while mourning Julien’s death.
In wanting to become more involved in assisting other bereaved parents, we created a variety of peer support initiatives designed to help all parents and families keep their deceased children part of their daily lives. We attended a series of seminars at The Coping Centre in Cambridge, Ontario presented by the world renowned grief specialist Dr. Alan Wolfelt. We were very impressed by the facility and what it stood for; we began to ponder whether we could transform Julien’s first home, which sits on an acre of land to become a similar centre for the citizens of Windsor and its surrounding communities.
As a result, we reached out to professionals in this field to discuss the merits of such a facility in our community. As fate would have it, the bereavement professionals recognized this need and envisioned a similar facility. Together we approached like-minded individuals who have embraced the philosophy of Julien Gaudet’s House.
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Julien Gaudet’s House mission is to support, educate and empower people through their bereavement experience.


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We recognize there are many ways to cross the road or many paths leading to a meaningful life. It is not necessarily about getting back to work or going back to one’s ‘old life’; returning to one’s old life is impossible since one is forever changed after the death of a loved one. JG’s House will offer the bereaved person an opportunity to maximize their quality of life throughout their personal journey.