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As we approach month nine of the pandemic, it continues to be an incredibly difficult time for many of us. Grieving is tough at the best of times, but there's no doubt that COVID-19 has created many additional barriers to a healthy grief process. Fortunately there are many organizations working diligently to provide grief support such as the Canadian Virtual Hospice's proposal for a National Grief Strategy, and the upcoming Healing Broken Hearts virtual conference which has programming for children and teens, as well as adults, who are grieving. You can read more about both of these initiatives below.  

Here at AWC we've been busy expanding our clinical team to meet the increased demands for grief therapy for children, youth and adults across Ontario. While the majority of our sessions are provided virtually for the time being, we are thrilled to now have therapists physically located in communities across Southern Ontario spanning from Whitby to London. We've also become increasingly involved in facilitating grief debriefs for organizations who have experienced a death, or, in the case of some long term care homes, many deaths.  

Given the current limitations in participating in communal mourning events it's more important than ever for individuals and families to develop their own rituals to both grieve and celebrate those who have died. Good Grief has created a wonderful resource on creating funeral rituals at home for kids, which is equally useful for adults. This National Geographic article captures some of the essence of Dia de los Muertos, a wonderful ritual for fostering an on-going connection with our dead which is celebrated in many parts of the world on November 1. Having our own non-sectarian version of a Day of the Dead alter in our living room over the past month has been lovely.

Last spring I shared that I was only able to the
newsletter out because my kids were occupied creating a PowerPoint presentation titled "Why a Pandemic is a Good Time to get a Puppy." Many of you emailed back strong support for the dog idea, so on a closing note I'm introducing the newest member of my family, Ellie. And, my children are now officially banned from creating persuasive PowerPoint presentations. 

Warm wishes to you all,
Books for Your Personal Library
A well-chosen picture book can be an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers who want to explain challenging and emotional concepts, like death and dying, in an age-appropriate, thoughtful way. I was honoured to be included in this article by the CBC and to be able to share some of my favourites.
November 7 & 8 Virtual Conference -
Healing Broken Hearts
This conference is designed for those who are grieving as well as bereavement professionals and volunteers. There are also sessions for children and teens!  
HERE to learn more!
THANK YOU to our Community
Introducing KidsGrief for Educators! is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new resource also available on the KidsGrief website: KidsGrief for Educators!
Whatever their role within the educational system, educators are in a unique position to provide grief support to their students. Even a small gesture of support can have a significant, positive impact, both in the present and later on as students mature and navigate future losses.
"The Agenda" Interview - Grieving During a Pandemic
Experiencing the death of someone you care about is one of the most difficult things a person will have deal with, but during COVID-19, that is compounded by additional barriers to a healthy grief process. And grief is not just limited to those we've lost, but to everything that's slipped away as the world continues to grapple with the virus. Joining Steve Paikin with some advice on how to cope with these feelings are David Kessler, author of "Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief;" and Andrea Warnick, Registered Psychotherapist and thanatologist.
Therapists Who Have Recently Joined the AWC Team
Jordana Sternberg is a Registered Social Worker with over 16 years of clinical experience working in the field of mental health with individuals, couples, and families. Her passion for supporting those experiencing grief and loss is a natural development from her work in the areas of trauma, addiction, relationship dynamics, life transitions, and mood disorders. Jordana is trained in a variety of therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Jordana is known for her compassionate client-centered approach to therapy. She prioritizes her clients’ goals for therapy and regularly assesses their comfort and safety during sessions. Jordana practices in Guelph, Ontario.

Megan Porter is a Registered Social Worker with over 17 years of experience supporting individuals and families. Megan is passionate about providing therapeutic support to adults, children, and youth facing serious illness, grief, and bereavement and comes to her clients with a breadth of experience from a number of community-based organizations. Megan seeks to understand her clients experience through trauma-informed, neurobiological and attachment lenses and uses various therapy modalities including Narrative, CBT, Mindfulness, and body-based awareness. Megan's clinical skill, gentle manner and genuine care support clients as they work to understand themselves and find more stable footing. Megan practices in Toronto, Ontario.

Petra Kovacs (supervised practice) is currently a Masters of Social Work student at Western University. She has over 10 years of experience working with children worldwide who live with, and are affected by, a life-threatening illness through organizations like SeriousFun Children's Network, Camp Oochigeas and Camp Erin Toronto. Through these experiences, Petra has developed psychosocial programs to support children's emotional wellbeing. She has an innate ability to connect with people of all ages who face tough challenges due to illness, grief, loss, and bereavement. Petra practices in London, Ontario.
A Video for Parents - "Being With"
At the heart of the Circle of Security is the art of Being-With. This capacity includes knowing what gets in the way, something we call shark music.
Upcoming Education Events (Open to the Public)
For more information or to register please click on the event title.

FREEVirtual Hospice's KidsGrief Q&A 
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm ET


Healing Broken Hearts Conference (virtual)

November 7 & 8, 2020 

Certificate Program in Children's Grief & Bereavement  **NOW ONLINE**
These modules can be taken individually or all five modules can be taken to obtain the 5 Module Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement

Click here for event poster

Upcoming Modules: 

November 26, 2020 (9am - 4pm ET): When Grief Gets More Complicated (Andrea Warnick, Liana Lowenstein)

January 19, 2021 (9am - 4pm ET): Supporting Grieving Children and Families Using Mindfulness and Compassion (Andrea Warnick & Andrew Blake)

February 23, 2021 (9am - 4pm ET): Dancing in the Darkness: Creative Approaches to Working with Grieving Children and Youth (Andrea Warnick and Lysa Toye)

Canadian Virtual Hospice: National Grief Strategy
To proactively anticipate, mitigate and address the health and social impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic for grieving Canadians, the Canadian Virtual Hospice has proposed a National Grief Strategy. This two-phased approach will immediately implement initiatives to increase access to grief supports for the public; support frontline healthcare providers with their COVID-related work trauma and grief; and increase public understanding of grief, healthy coping strategies and resources. The second phase will develop and implement a consultation-driven national strategy to encompass policy, programs, research and education initiatives. 

The Canadian Grief Alliance is a group of national leaders in grief who've come together to develop a proposal to bolster grief services. Check out the links below for more information and show your support. 

Read the proposal; read the media release; show your support. Tell the government that helping grieving Canadians is a priority and that you support a National Grief Strategy.
Online Presence
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Andrea Warnick Consulting: Practice & Philosophy
Andrea is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse, and thanatologist with 20 years of experience supporting grieving children, families and communities. Her caring and unique approach to dying, death, grief and healing has helped thousands of people, from toddlers to the elderly, across North America and internationally. Recognizing the provision of support for grieving children, youth and adults as a social justice issue, Andrea brings the topics of dying, death, and grief into the necessary realm of discussion, education, and advocacy.  

Andrea's counselling practice is located in Guelph, ON. She and her team also offer counselling by phone or secure video conferencing across Ontario. Her counselling services are covered by some employment benefits plans. Andrea's team is also available for clinical consultation to counsellors/therapists, and other professionals and volunteers working in grief and bereavement.

*As a part of our community care response to COVID-19 currently most counselling and training services are being offered by video conferencing or phone.
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