Resources

Resources for Grieving

At the Children's Grief Foundation, we strive to create a community where children and their families are provided with support and information at any phase in their journey

Our Favourite Books

Books are an excellent way to explain what death is to children. Books also are a great way to discuss feelings of grief and sadness when a death occurs. Some of our favourite books for children are found here.

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Every week, we like to share some blog posts, videos, book recommendations and more on our social media platforms. Connect with us to see additional resources.

 

Some examples below ⤵️

Kids Grief

A free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve in healthy ways.

Kids Help Phone

Canada’s only 24/7, national support system. They provide an open, safe and trusted place for young people in any moment of crisis or need. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals as well as volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French.

Children and Youth Grief Network

A free online resource that provides research, handbooks for supporters, teachers and volunteers, and several activities on how to support grieving children.

Everyday Heroes Kids

Everyday Heroes Kids connects families to comprehensive profiles of pediatric professionals and organizations in the areas of health, mental health and education.

What's your Grief

An informative resource that educates and provides practical and specific suggestions for coping with grief, run by two mental health professionals.

Sesame Street

They are an independent nonprofit organization with a mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. They have several grief specific activities for kids available for free on their website.

Children's Grief Colouring Book

Richard Anderson, a former board member of the CGFC and Funeral Owner of RHB Anderson Funeral Homes and the late Cheryl McQueen have published a colouring book for grieving kids. This book is a great tool for children to learn about a funeral and explore their feelings.


Check out the free PDF below.

COVID-19 Tips

A tipsheet for grieving the death of a Family Member during a global pandemic.

This tip sheet was made by The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children along with our CGFC President, Christina Walton.

Andrea Warnick Consulting

Andrea Warnick Consulting has a shop providing several resources that can be purchased to educate and support children’s grief.

5 Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Child Grieve Your Loss in the Future

A Free End-of-Life Planning Guide for Families with Children by Serenia Life Financial.

For local support, please see the available agencies and service providers acknowledged by the Canadian Alliance for Children’s Grief in your province:

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

Ontario

Saskatchewan

Quebec

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Newfoundland