Shoulder to Shoulder

Shoulder to Shoulder

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Support for families of the fallen

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognizes the contribution of all military families in support of Canada, especially those loved ones of CAF personnel who have died while serving.

Grief is an individual journey. Your needs and those of your family will be different and may change over time. That's why as long as you and your family need support from the CAF community, we will be there to assist.

While access to some services may depend on your relationship to the deceased, wide-ranging support to assist your unique situation is available to you regardless of the circumstances of death.

If you would like to speak to someone directly, contact the Family Information Line for any support you may need. Our counsellors provide supportive counselling seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • 1-800-866-4546 (International)
  • 1-613-995-5234 (Collect calls)
  • About Shoulder to Shoulder

    Compassionate support and information for families of the fallen.

  • Peer Support

    Share your sorrow with others by drawing on the strengths of trained volunteers and staff.

  • Professional Support

    Connect with a counsellor or therapist that can assist you through your time of grief.

  • Navigating the System

    Several organizations work to ensure your family gets the support and services you need.

  • Benefits

    Compensation benefits to which you may be entitled.

  • Children and Youth

    Resources, publications, scholarship information and more for children who have lost a loved one.

  • Additional Resources

    Beyond this website, entitlements and supports that may be available to you and your family.