SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN & TEENS
The death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, or someone close can be devastating for children and teens of all ages. Children experience a range of intense emotions including: sadness, anger, fear, and guilt. They often feel isolated and unable to talk about the death with peers who have not had a similar experience. They may also be reluctant to share their grief with surviving family members for fear of upsetting them. Too often, children end up grieving alone and don't have the tools or language to get support.
Almost 70% of teachers says that they had at least one grieving student in their classroom in the past year. (The American Federation of Teachers, 2018)
Grieving children and teens spend a vast majority of their time in school. Schools have said it is imperative for personnel in schools to understand the needs of grieving youth so they can receive the support they need to be successful during the school day and in their future endeavors. Not only is the workshop beneficial for staff, it proves beneficial to the students as well. Students grieving after the loss of a loved one may experience academic difficulties, including trouble concentrating in class, withdrawal, less classroom participation and/or absenteeism. We will support students and staff on exploring many coping strategies and self-care techniques to not only assist themselves in their healing process, but their peers as well.
Our staff is available to provide a free workshop to teachers, administrators, counsellors and students at the school site so that everyone within can help adapt to life without the loved one who passed and perform at their ideal level academically and socially.
Read our Tip Sheets to find practical advice for helping a grieving child.
The Art Expression Grief Support Group provides youth and young adults with an opportunity to share their story with others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one. This group incorporates different types of art into discussion around common topics related to grief. These topics include Coping Strategies; Holidays & Events; Expressing Emotions; Other Life Changes and much more.
This group is a mixed loss group.
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm. *On hold. Please call 905-848-4337 for more information and/or to make a request.
ART EXPRESSION GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
We offer unlimited individual support sessions for children and youth ages 6-17. These sessions are often guided with a take-home, art-based activity related to grief and bereavement. Common topics discussed include: Coping Strategies, Support Systems, Expressing Emotions, Other Life Changes, and much more.
*Referrals from professionals and family members can be made on behalf of youth, however, consent from those 16+ must be provided.
Please call 905-848-4337 or email to leave us with your contact information and we will be in touch within 24-48 business hours.