As there are no free grief services specific to children and youth in the Nipissing and Parry Sound district, their main objective is support children and youth with helpful resources for grief and loss. The project includes creating a package in English and French (tailored to ages: 3-5, 6-9, 10-13, and 14-16) which includes: a grief workbook, a blanket, an electric candle, a writing journal, pens and pencils, an age specific toy, and a pamphlet of resources for children and their families about grief and bereavement. This projects aims to provide practical support to children, youth and their families, and a way to break down broader level myths and stigma around grief in children and youth. The grief packages can be used as a method of starting conversation with people who regularly interact with this population, such as schools, and other local organizations.
Children who experience grief through the death of someone they know, need unique support. This project aims to assist in building connection and community within the children/youth bereaved community. In this project, children and youth who have experienced bereavement (and provided consent) will have the opportunity to share their story and experiences through a video diary. These diaries will be shared with other bereavement groups and children/youth involved with one to one support. The project hopes to create greater connections and awareness for the child grief community, assist in diminishing the taboo topic of death and children grief within society, and create another layer of support for children.
Thank you to all the charitable organizations that applied and our donors for providing funds to support grieving children and their families across Canada.