Healing little hearts (for children ages 3 – 6 who have been affected by the death of someone they knew. This includes a support group for adults helping these kids through their grief process.)
The COPING center has programs for people or all ages starting from 4 years old and on-wards. The COPING center was formed by Glenn and Roslyn Crichton after the death of their 5 year old daughter, Rachele.
Lutherwood is a loving environment for children and youth who live with a mental illness and need supportive, specialist services. It is also a living center for those who may need more full time support for a period of time.
These groups are local to Waterloo, Ontario. If you do not live in this area I would encourage you to do a Google search to find a bereavement support group near you.
Survivor, and Death benefits (Canada)
Has your spouse or common-law partner passed away, and you have dependents living at home? If so, you may be eligible for a Death Benefit to help with funeral expenses. You may also qualify for a Survivor’s Pension, and your children may be eligible for a Children’s Benefit. To learn more, click here to visit the Service Canada website.
Employee Assistance Program (E.A.P.)
If you are employed, I highly recommend asking your Human Resource department if they have an Employee Assistance Program. If so, your benefits may cover you to receive highly confidential counseling for you and your family, and may be able to send you useful links and other resources. If your place of business does not currently have an Employee Assistance Program, you can recommend your H/R department contact Health Canada for information on how to get set up.
Naturopathic doctors (I recommend Dr. Aviad Elgez of ADARA clinic in the Toronto area)
Homeopathic doctors (I recommend Dr. Natalie Lauzon of Cambridge Homeopathy in the tri-cities)
Books & Articles
When families grieve, Sesame workshop (Includes a children’s book, DVD, and resources for adults. Discusses the death of a parent, and covers topics such as medical deaths, suicide, and men killed in combat. This resource may sometimes be given out at funeral homes, and bereavement offices/support groups.)
After A Parent’s Suicide, by Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T. (This book was written by a lady who lost her mother to suicide when she was four. She not only shares her personal story, but also did research on a number of children who, at various ages, lost a parent to suicide. This book is a compilation of their stories, and also includes important facts and myth busters. This is an important read for any parent who longs to better understand the effects loss, especially loss by suicide, has on a child who is suicide bereaved.)
My many colored days, by Dr. Suess (This book uses colourful illustrations to help kids identify their feelings. Although this book does not talk about death in any way, it is a useful tool for helping children label their feelings so they can more easily talk about them.)
Waterbugs & dragonflies, by Doris Stickney (A story to help explain death to young children)
Sad isn’t bad, by Michaelene Mundy (This book was used at my daughter’s Healing Little Hearts bereavement group, to help the kids understand hope in life, after suffering loss)
Someone I love died by suicide, by Doreen Cammarata (“A story for child survivors and those that care for them)
Articles by author, and grief counselor, Dr. Wolfeit, and additional on-line grief resources, can be found on the COPING center website by clicking here. Dr. Wolfeit’s articles include “What Bereaved Children Want Adults to Know About Grief” and “Adolescent Mourning,
A Naturally Complicated Experience“