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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.  

On April 5th I will hold my last free webinar until the fall, 
"5 Ways to Support Children and Youth who are Grieving", so if you know of anyone who may benefit from the information please inform them about this event.

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. 
An electronic copy of the handbook is available free of charge by requesting one from the Children and Youth Grief Network at
Andrea's Public Educational Events

Please note that as of April 15th I will need to charge HST on all of my webinars and seminars, resulting in a 13% increase in the price.  Please register soon to avoid the increased price. 


Tuesday April 5, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EST, FREE
5 Ways to Support Children and Youth Who Are Grieving
For more information and to register please click here. For downloadable poster click here

Wednesday April 13, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, $45
Supporting Grieving Students in School
For more information and to register please click here.

Wednesday May 11, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, $45

Supporting Children and Youth When Someone in their World Has Cancer
For more information and to register please click hereFor downloadable poster click here

Wednesday June 8, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, $45

"I Don't Know What To Say": Providing Support to Someone Who Is Grieving
For more information and to register please click here.

Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops   

Toronto, Ontario: Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The University of Toronto, FIFSW. Reclaiming Death: An Introduction to Thanatology.  Rate: $175.00.

Vancouver, British Columbia: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, YWCA, 733 Beatty St. Standing in the Fire: Ways to Support Children and Families in Life's Darkest Moments. Rate: $45.  For downloadable poster click here.

Creemore, Ontario: Friday September 30, 2016. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Standing in the Fire: Supporting Children and Youth who are Grieving a Death. Early bird rate: $215.00. 

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 program over 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:  

"Modern Grief: Confronting my husbands digital ghosts - one email at a time."

 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! 

Sign the petition for a protected 52 week bereavement leave in Ontario

Global News clip and story on Jonathan's Law and two of the families advocating for it's passing
Vince Leitao's (Jonathan's father) webpage

 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. 

Indigenous Voices is available at 

Counselling Services 
  • My counselling office is located in Toronto on Danforth Ave. just a two minute walk from Chester subway station.
  • My practice day for in-person sessions is Wednesday.
  • I also offer counselling sessions for adults by phone or Skype worldwide.
  • I have a formal supervision agreement with a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Norma D'Agostino. As a result, my counselling services are covered by most private insurance benefit plans.
  • I offer clinical supervision to a limited number of counsellors/therapists in the area of grief and bereavement.

For additional information about my counselling services please visit my website.

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