Healing the Loss

Navigating your way through...


I know from my own life experience that loss and change is exhausting. It is hard to absorb and understand when you are so busy with life and possibly caring for others at the same time. The people I have the honour to support so often claim the same thing. They need time to grieve, heal, absorb, retreat, and replenish their empty cups. I longed for some cocooning, gentleness and someone to talk with about my losses. I needed nourishment of all kinds: good food, beautiful scenery, activities if I wanted, and complete solitude and rest if I didn’t.


After loss and change and grief, you need time to begin to restore yourself, time for you to care for yourself.

You need acknowledgement, validation and help with tools to navigate your loss.


You have a rightful need to be nurtured; along with the rest, kindness, empathy and understanding that will be so helpful as you go forward.


Who is this retreat for?


Any person experiencing loss of any kind.

Any person having a build-up of accumulated losses and change in their life, that has gone unheard.

Caregivers of any kind - those caring for loved ones who have illnesses or challenges.

Health professionals and first responders.

Anyone who needs a nurturing, replenishing time-out in their lives to heal and absorb.


Retreats will be completely customized for your individual needs. You will have as many sessions with me as needed, depending on your time here.


Where is the retreat located?


Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a beautiful, historical small town of about one thousand folks. The town has all amenities within walking distance. Beaches, trails, good restaurants, lovely shops to poke about in, a spa, healing services and shops. We are about 12 minutes from the UNESCO Heritage Town of Lunenburg and about 15 minutes from lovely Chester, Nova Scotia.

This is a gorgeous, peaceful, slow-paced and very kind part of the world. The natural environment, the proximity to the ocean, beaches and forests make it a naturally healing and restorative place.


How does this work?



We will set up our counselling sessions together, based on your timeline.

We will discuss your needs, what you are looking for, dates, etc.

We will decide if you need a completely quiet, cocooning and restful time, possibly catered meals, and quiet in a lovely Airbnb.

You may prefer a bed and breakfast to get to know some folks and share a meal.

You might want to be completely anonymous at a hotel with all of the amenities.

As far as activities go, perhaps you would enjoy some spa time and pampering.

If you want more activity, there are bike rentals, hiking trails, beautiful beach walks close by.

Or maybe you need some combination of all of the above.

Please contact me, and I will send you an email with suggestions of accommodations, services, restaurants, activities, whatever we determine might suit your needs. I will list the places that are aware of the nature of the grief retreat, and are happy to collaborate to ensure you are well taken care of.

Once you have made your accommodation selection and booked your time in Mahone Bay, I am happy to assist in booking any other activities, catering, or services.

After your retreat on the lovely South Shore of Nova Scotia is complete, we can continue our support sessions via phone or video chat.



“In desperate need of guidance - merely six months from my traumatic loss - Hilary became my confidante; my grieving awareness coach.” JBW, ON.



Early May 2019, I was in a fortunate (desperate) position to fly from Ontario, Canada, to MAHONE BAY, Nova Scotia. I drove a rental from Halifax airport and checked into a B&B for two weeks duration.


My first appointment and finally meeting Hilary Scott, “HEALING THE LOSS” was within a five minutes walking distance from the B&B.  Hilary’s cozy office is situated on the southern shore in Mahone Bay.


Feeling relaxed and ready, we began my two (intense) weeks of “navigating” through my grief and loss.


You see, tragedy this past October 2018, an untimely death and pain I’d never experienced before left me numb; stilted. I wasn’t the same person anymore. Plus, previously I’d been through two, unsettling divorces. I needed guidance and came across Hilary’s bio on her website. [www.healingtheloss.com]


Her personal past is heartbreaking, yet her dedication and genuine empathy towards others who grieve is remarkable. I left beautiful Nova Scotia - still with that loss, of course - but with a stronger sense of direction. Realism; that this pain, intense sadness, and loss of feeling... is NORMAL.


And just being able to let it all out via “the past less traveled” was a breakthrough for me. I was never taught how I could handle and work with my pain. At home, I will continue my grief and loss direction with Hilary, now no further than a phone call, or FaceTime away. JBW


The “Fisherman’s Daughter B&B” is situated with a view to that refreshing, beautiful bay every morning! The hospitality and fascinating home of Bruce & Lisa (kindness galore, plus best breakfasts ever) are highly recommended. Mahone Bay Area hosts numerous dining venues, interesting shops and heritage.




Photo by Hilary Scott, Nova Scotia

Healing the Loss

Hilary Anne Scott


Certified Grief Recovery Specialist CGRS®

Certified Grief and Loss Support CCF®

Peer Support Canada Certified Peer Supporter (PSC)®

Peer Support Training Nova Scotia

First Aid/CPR Red Cross

Mental Health First Aid Canada

Asist -Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Fundamentals Certification (WRAP)