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Children's Grief

Events

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day – November 18th. 2021

Often when a child appears “normal” after a loss, they can be experiencing intense emotional unrest and loneliness. Everyone grieves in their own way, but it is particularly important for children to have the support of caring adults to authentically mourn.

For more information on how to best support a child in grief please see the following resources below:

  • The Government of BC provides resources on supporting a child in grief: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/aa130623
  • The Canadian Alliance for Grieving Children & Youth is hosting the Canadian Children's Grief Symposium. See below for more details

 

Canadian Children’s Grief Symposium - November 18th, 2021

The Canadian Alliance for Grieving Children & Youth (CAGCY) along with three hosting organizations (Lighthouse for Grieving Children, Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care Society, and Seasons Centre for Grieving Children) are hosting the Canadian Children’s Grief Symposium – Canada’s first virtual conference designed specifically for those who support grieving children and youth.

The Symposium will provide learning and networking opportunities for those who work with children and youth in a variety of sectors including health care, education, social services and more. Interactive sessions will cover a wide range of topics including foundational children’s grief concepts, advanced practice ideas, emerging research and innovative program ideas and tools. There will be multiple opportunities for participants to connect and engage with one another and with the presenters. Volunteers and students are especially encouraged to attend. 

For more information about the workshops, agenda, or registration, please visit the event website for more information: https://lumarasociety.org/canadian-childrens-grief-symposium/

 

KidsGrief Q&A

In this monthly webinar you can ask children's grief expert Andrea Warnick (RN, MA) all about grief and how it relates to children. In this event you are welcome to ask your own questions or learn from the questions of others.

First Tuesday of every month from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PST

Free: Register here

Organizations

 

Children and Grief Youth Network

Advocates for educational opportunities and support services that will benefit children and youth who are grieving the dying or the death of someone they care about. Tips and activities for grieving children.

Dougy Center

Support resources for family and children after someone dies. Specific online resources for kids, teens, young adults, parents and caregivers. 

Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre

Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre is a Toronto based charity that provides compassionate care, support and education to grieving children, youth and their families while building strength, resilience and hope. They have a variety of online resources for supporting children’s grief.

Kid’s Grief

Talking with kids and teens about serious illness, dying and death. Also provides resources for parents and educators.

Kid’s Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French—also on Facebook Messenger and Live Chat.

Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care

Supporting children, youth, adults and families impacted by serious illness, grief and loss. Providing online programming, workshops and events designed for children and families. 

National Alliance for Children’s Grief

The National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through the collective voice of our members and partners, we educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement.

Youth In BC

YouthInBC.com is first and foremost an on-line crisis chat service, where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre, where our service is based. We also have this site, with information so you can learn more on a variety of youth-related issues, as well as resources: a list of organizations and websites where you can get help.

Youthspace.ca

Everyone across Canada under 30 years is welcome to chat with youthspace.ca. They are open 6pm-midnight PST, 365 days a year. They offer a diverse community of trained volunteers who would love to listen to how things are going for you.

 

Resources

 

Freddie the Leaf – A Story

Educational story on life and death for children.

Helping Children Cope – Mayo Clinic

Talking to your child about a tragedy can help him or her understand what's happened, feel safe and

Recommended Reading from LightHouse

Compilation of resources for supporting children’s grief.

Supporting Children Through Grief

An overview of strategies to support children through the bereavement process.

Talking to Children About a Suicide

Talking to children about a suicide can be difficult. But doing so can greatly benefit those who are facing this type of death. Research has shown that talking about suicide does not increase a child’s risk of suicide. In fact, this discussion can lead to a rewarding learning experience.

begin to cope. Silence might make the event seem more threatening to your child.

When a Loved One Dies – KidsHealth

When a loved one dies, children feel and show their grief in different ways. How kids cope with the loss depends on things like their age, how close they felt to the person who died, and the support they receive. Here are some things parents can do to help a child who has lost a loved one.