Children and Youth2018-12-13T14:30:43-05:00

Death and dying is a reality we all experience, but we don’t need to face it alone. Approximately 5–15% of children experience the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, or other significant loved one before the age of 18 (Chen et al., 2018). Coping with the death of a loved one can be challenging. It can prove to be even more difficult when children are grieving alongside you.

You are not alone. Below are some resources to help support you.

Resource for Family & Caregivers

Children & Youth

I am a child or youth and need someone to talk to about the dying or death of someone close to me.2019-05-01T15:25:33-04:00

You may find the resources below on how to talk to children about illness and death helpful

  • Heart House Hospice has the Help Us Understand Grief Program (HUUG).  The HUUG program offers in-home visits to support children and youth (up to the age of 18) who are living with the dying or death of a family member. Please contact the HUUG program to obtain more information about their program. Click here to access their website.
  • Kids GriefKidsGrief.ca
    • Includes a series of 3 learning modules that provide strategies and talking points to help caregivers address tough subjects with a grieving child.
  • Children and Youth Grief Networkchildrenandyouthgriefnetwork.com
    • Features access to additional resources, a video series on how to support grieving children at school, and an interactive map displaying services available in Region of Peel and GTA.
  • Lighthouse for Grieving Childrengrievingchildrenlighthouse.org
    • Facilitates peer support groups for bereaved children and teens (ages 3-19). Parents and guardians are welcome to attend adult peer support groups which are offered at the same time as the children/teen groups.
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario (Halton/Peel)http://www.bereavedfamilies.ca/
    • Offers an art expression grief support group for youth and young adults (ages 14-29), and one-to-one support and a variety of open/closed grief support groups for adults.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (Peel/Dufferin) – http://cmhapeeldufferin.ca/
    • Includes mental health and additions resources, access to crisis support, and individual and peer support services for youth.
  • You may also obtain additional resources through the following websites:

www.hearthousehospice.com/huug

www.childrenandyouthgriefnetwork.com

www.dougy.org

www.drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca

An overnight weekend camp for grieving children and teens in the GTA in the Muskokas.2019-05-01T15:31:02-04:00

The 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.

Everything we do at Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre is centered around our commitment to our core values of collaboration, respect, excellence and support, which we integrate daily into our care, duties and communications.

www.drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/camp-erin

I am between 13-39 years old and am caring for someone with Cancer2019-04-05T15:30:47-04:00

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario has developed a great Education and Resource Portal for Caregivers.

This resource has been designed to provide help just in time for family and friends all over Ontario who are primary caregivers. We have gathered information that will help you. Visit the website as many times as you like. Look for the topic that will help you right now. You may never need some of the topics and you may come back and visit the same topic many times.

http://caregiversupport.hpco.ca/ocp/

I don’t know how to talk to my child about death2019-05-01T15:21:27-04:00

You may find the resources below on how to talk to children about illness and death helpful

  • Kids GriefKidsGrief.ca
    • Includes a series of 3 learning modules that provide strategies and talking points to help caregivers address tough subjects with a grieving child.
  • Family Education Centrehttps://familyedcentre.org/parent-resource-library/
    • Parent resource library has resources for helping caregivers recognize grief, communicate about grief, parent through grief, and the importance of self-care. Tip sheets and podcasts are available in English, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, and Urdu.
  • Children and Youth Grief Networkchildrenandyouthgriefnetwork.com
    • Features access to additional resources, a video series on how to support grieving children at school, and an interactive map displaying services available in Region of Peel and GTA.
  • Lighthouse for Grieving Childrengrievingchildrenlighthouse.org
    • Facilitates peer support groups for bereaved children and teens (ages 3-19). Parents and guardians are welcome to attend adult peer support groups which are offered at the same time as the children/teen groups.
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario (Halton/Peel)http://www.bereavedfamilies.ca/
    • Offers an art expression grief support group for youth and young adults (ages 14-29), and one-to-one support and a variety of open/closed grief support groups for adults.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (Peel/Dufferin) – http://cmhapeeldufferin.ca/
    • Includes mental health and additions resources, access to crisis support, and individual and peer support services for youth.
  • You may also obtain additional resources through the following websites:

www.hearthousehospice.com/huug

www.childrenandyouthgriefnetwork.com

www.dougy.org

www.drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca