Last fall as a part of my consulting work I joined the clinical team at Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) where one of my roles is to respond to "Ask a Professional"questions from families across the country on topics related to supporting grieving children and youth. Recognizing the tendency of Indigenous people to be underserved in the health care system, particularly in palliative care, CVH has just launched a brand new resource called Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief. Please read below to learn more about this incredible resource which I hope you will share with as many people as possible.
I have also included information in this newsletter about an important new law that's being proposed in Ontario to significantly extend the current employment bereavement leave for parents who experience the death of a child. My hope is not only that this law will pass in Ontario, but also that other provinces and states will advocate for the needs of grieving parents by introducing similar legislation.
Please note that as of April 15th I will need to charge an additional 13% HST on all seminars and webinars, so if you are considering registering for any of my spring events consider doing so prior to then.
I hope these resources are useful. With warm wishes,
Children's Grief & Bereavement Volunteer Handbook Available - FREE
For anyone who missed this announcement last fall please check out this phenomenal FREE resource: A Handbook for Volunteers: Supporting Children Grieving the Dying and Death of a Loved One.Produced by the Children and Youth Grief Network, this resource is the result of a collaboration of six grief organizations in the Peel region of Ontario and Andrea Warnick Consulting. While the handbook was designed for volunteers it is equally useful to those supporting grieving children professionally.
The handbook, complied by Dana Bingley, includes the following 5 sections:
Supporting Grieving Children and Families
Planning your Approach
Activities for Grieving Children
Supplementary Materials for Supporters
Resources for Children and Caregivers
While this is a wonderful resource full of activity ideas and instructions please keep in mind that the handbook in no way replaces formalized training.
Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement (Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto)
For the first time ever we will be running this 5-module certificate programover five consecutive days. Modules can be taken individually or all together in order to obtain the certificate (all 5 are required for the certificate). For more information or to register for any or all of the modules please visit here.
Module 1: Monday May 2, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Supporting Children and Youth Facing the Dying of Someone Close to Them (with Andrea Warnick)
Module 2: Tuesday May 3, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: When Death Darkens the Door: Supporting Bereaved Children and Youth (with Andrea Warnick and Andrea Kwan)
Module 3: Wednesday May 4, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Supporting Grieving Children and Families Using Mindfulness and Compassion (with Andrew Blake,and Marianne Gocker)
Module 4: Thursday May 5, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: When Grief Gets More Complicated (with Andrea Warnick and Colleen Mousseau)
Module 5: Friday May 5, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Dancing in the Darkness: Creative Approaches to Working with Grieving Children and Youth (with Andrea Warnick and Lysa Toye)
Literary Resource - "Modern Grief"
This excellent article by Nancy Westaway was published in the January edition of The Walrus:
Jonathan's Law: Protected Bereavement Leave for Parents
In Ontario, when a child dies from an illness or accident his/her parents are currently entitled to only ten days of leave from work. Vince & Epsy Leitao's son Jonathan died from liver cancer in 2014 and in his memory they are spearheading the creation of "Jonathan's Law" which would allow for a protected 52 week unpaid bereavement leave in Ontario for all employed parents who have experienced the death of a child, regardless of the cause.
Please click on the links below to learn more about Jonathan's Law and the families who are passionately advocating for the passing of this important law. And please sign and share the petition to help make this law a reality!
Indigenous Voices - Stories of Serious Illness and Grief
Indigenous people are commonly underserved in the health care system and their access to palliative care is among the lowest in Canada. To help improve quality of life and quality of care that is culturally safe and inclusive, Virtual Hospice and a team of Indigenous researchers, health providers, patients and families have developed a series of videos and print materials called Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief.
Indigenous Voices supports First Nations, Inuit and Métis living with advanced illness and their families and also serves as a rich educative tool for health providers.