Children and Youth Support
After having experienced a death, children and teens may feel a variety of emotions such as anger, grief, fear and confusion. We can help.
By offering support, we hope that children and teens will learn about grief and loss, and develop skills to cope in healthy ways both now and in the future.
Children and teen support services offer grief counselling specialists to meet their unique needs. Counselling services focus on:
- Dealing with feelings of uncertainty about death
- Appropriate ways of emotional expression
- Reinforcement of healthy & productive emotions
- Sharing special memories
Children and teen services often involve immediate or extended family members. Services may include one-to-one counselling, school visits, support groups and expressive arts. The Centre for Supportive Care offers information to parents, caregivers and professionals on how to help children and teens cope with loss, and has a lending library with a selection of age-appropriate books on grief and loss.
Sometimes finding the words to express our grief can be difficult. The Expressive Arts Therapy Program uses different forms of art under the guidance of a counsellor in a safe and creative setting. This is an effective program for children, teens and adults to process grief through actions, fun and creativity. Art therapy is a natural way for people to express themselves and is especially helpful for those who find it difficult to talk about illness or loss.
Expressive arts help in the process of healing by bridging the world of inner feelings, thoughts, and emotions. It is believed that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Healing may occur with the reduction of stress, increase in self-awareness and insight, and the enjoyment resulting from engagement in the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
The Centre for Supportive Care has a special art/play therapy room containing art and craft supplies, puppets, soft toys, books, and sand tray with miniatures for use when working with a counsellor.
Kids Grieve Too Groups
These groups support children, aged 7-12, who are bereaved. Use of expressive arts and play assists in reducing anxiety and anger, promoting healthy expression of difficult emotions, increasing understanding of grief and loss, and providing support through connection with others.
Program is complimentary and held at the Centre for Supportive Care. For information and to register, contact Teresa at 604-948-0660, local 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Hospice Society
This video features our Blue Skies children and teens bereavement programs which include children’s grief support groups, individual support of children and teens with a Clinical Counsellor, and Music Therapy for grieving children and teens.