I often get asked about resources on topics related to serious illness, grief and bereavement. I have now created a Resources page on my website to make my go-to resources more easily accessible. I have intentionally kept each of the lists concise so as not to be overwhelming to families who are searching for useful resources while grieving.
On Wednesday June 8 I will be holding my last live webinar prior to the fall, "I Don't Know What to Say": Providing Support to Someone who is Grieving. Instead of focusing on children, this one is geared to adults supporting other adults. There will be hiatus on live webinars over the summer but as of next month I will have 1-hour pre-recorded webinars available for sale on my website.
It is inevitable that we will all have points in our lives when we offer support to other people and other times when we are in need of support for ourselves. Think back to a time when you needed support. Who offered this support and what was their approach? Did someone "hold space" for you? Holding space means being there for people, supporting and accompanying them through tough times, with unconditional support and without judgement. It may mean relinquishing control and not trying to fix others' pain. It's a practice that is important when supporting someone who is grieving, but has a much wider applicability to many other situations, too. Read a great article on holding space -- along with tips on how to do it well --here.
Free Guidance Available on Supporting Grieving Children & Youth
KidsGrieve2 Q&A connects families, professionals and volunteers with expert advice on supporting children and youth who are either grieving a death or anticipating a death in their lives.
Canadian Virtual Hospice will hold the next KidsGrieve2 Q&A with Andrea Warnick on Tuesday June 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST. A computer with speakers and an internet connection are all that you need in order to participate. This is a free event.
To participate in the live forum email KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca. You will receive an email a few days prior to the event with a link to access the forum.
Can’t join live? Submit your questions to: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca. A recorded version of the Q&A will be available for viewing within 7 days.
If you know of anyone who you think will benefit from participating in this Q&A please share this information with them.
Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement (Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto) - SAVE THE DATES
The 5-module certificate program will start again in September. Modules can be taken individually or all together in order to obtain the certificate (all 5 are required for the certificate). Registration is not currently open, so please save the dates in the meantime.
Module 1: Tuesday September 27, 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 October 18, 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: Tuesday November 15, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Supporting Grieving Children and Families Using Mindfulness and Compassion (with Andrew Blake and Andrea Warnick)
Module 4: Tuesday January 17, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: When Grief Gets More Complicated (with Andrea Warnick and Colleen Mousseau)
Module 5: Tuesday February 7, 2017, 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)
The Heart and the Bottle
The Heart and the Bottle, by bestselling children's picture book author Oliver Jeffers, is an excellent addition to the collection of children's books that deal with death. Themes of love and loss accompany Jeffers' trademark striking yet subtle illustrations in this story of a little girl who locks away her pain after her father's death, only to find that she's locked away much more. This gentle fable explores what happens when we deny difficult emotions. Read an excellent review (along with excerpted images that capture the visual richness) or check out the trailer for the accompanying iPad app.
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My counselling office is located in Toronto on Danforth Ave. just a two minute walk from Chester subway station (see on map).
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 consultation to counsellors/therapists and other professionals and volunteers in the area of grief and bereavement.
For additional information about my counselling services please visit my website.