KidsGrief.ca is a free, bilingual online resource for parents, guardians and caregivers who are supporting a grieving child.
When someone important to a child is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, is dying or has died, families struggle with what to tell children, when to share information and how to address tough subjects like should children be at the bedside of someone who is dying and cremation.
KidsGrief.ca is a series of three learning modules that help tackle these topics in a straightforward, practical way. They provide strategies, talking points and video clips of families sharing personal stories. KidsGrief.ca was developed by a national team of experts in children’s grief and family members who have “been there”.
Topics covered include:
How children grieve
Words, phrases and concepts to use and what to avoid
Responding to difficult questions and concepts such as suicide and medical assistance in dying and cremation
Preparing children for funerals, burials, other ceremonies
“Teachable moments” including pet death and talking about tragic world events
How to support grieving children