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A Starting Point: List of Resources to Support Grieving Children and Parents in BC and Online

As supportive adults in a child's life, we want desperately to help support children experiencing grief and loss. We are often looking for ways to help ease a child's pain and suffering, but grief is not an easy process, and there is no quick fix. What we can do, is help support the process and provide the tools and resources to help children and teens feel best supported in their feelings.

When looking for appropriate resources, it can be extremely overwhelming to even know where to start! We can feel overwhelmed and have limited time or energy to navigate the process. To try to create some ease around this process, we have compiled a list of wonderful and useful resources to support you.

Local Resources (within British Columbia)

Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care Society

Supports children, youth, adults & families impacted by serious illness, grief & loss. Lumara provides a wide range of services and activities such as resources and education, support groups, counselling services and family retreats to individuals, families and groups who are grieving the death of a loved one or coping with a life-threatening illness.

145 East Columbia Street New Westminster, BC V3L 3W2 604-553-4663

BC Bereavement Helpline

The website provides a current listing of all grief and bereavement groups and counselling services in BC, both online and in person. Groups listed are loss-specific, such as loss due to homicide, suicide, drug use, loss of a parent, loss of a child, etc. Children often need to know that they are not alone in what they are going through, and so groups are beneficial in helping children feel that their experiences are normal, and that their feelings have a safe place to be shared.

PO Box 20095 RPO Fairview

Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C1

(604) 738-9950

1 (877) 779-2223

Kelty Mental Health

Helps families across the province navigate the mental health system, connect with peer support, and access resources and tools to support wellbeing.

BC Children's Hospital Healthy Minds Centre, Entrance #85, Room P3-302, 3rd floor, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Provides respite, family support, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement services to newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions

1690 Matthews Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2

T: 604.731.4847

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCCs) are highly qualified counsellors who belong to the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and meet stringent, masters-level education and training standards. By using the unique find a counsellor search tool on their website, you can quickly identify RCCs practicing in your specific region to meet your specific needs.

Psychology Today

An online search tool to identify in person and online therapists, support groups and treatment centers in your specific region to meet your specific needs.

Additional Online Resources

Lighthouse Peer Support for Grieving Children, Youth and their Families

2522 Rebecca Street

Oakville, Ontario L6L 6N8

Kids Grief

Children and Youth Grief Network

The Children's Grief Foundation of Canada

1919 King Street East

Hamilton, Ontario L8K 1V9

Andrea Warnick Consulting

PO Box 731 Guelph, Ontario N1H 6L8


The Dougy Center

PO Box 86852

Portland, OR 97286


SLAP’D Surviving Life after a Parent Dies

National Alliance for Children's Grief


Child Life Grief Notes

Sesame Street’s Grief Series

For Adults/Caregivers

You have likely found yourself here as you are trying to help support the children and teens in your life who are experiencing grief. If the children in your life are experiencing grief, you too are likely dealing with your own feelings of pain and grief and we recognize that it is often simply too difficult to deal with our own emotions while also trying to help support others. Below is a list of resources that you may find helpful in terms of guiding and supporting your own experience with grief and loss.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

What's your Grief

The Center for Loss & Life Transition

3735 Broken Bow Road Fort Collins, CO 80526 (970) 226-6050

BC Bereavement Helpline

PO Box 20095 RPO Fairview

Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C1

(604) 738-9950

1 (877) 779-2223

The Compassionate Friends of Canada

1346 Ravens View Drive Victoria BC V9B 6P7 1 866 823 0141

Be Ceremonial

An organization based in Vancouver and Toronto that helps to connect people through ceremony. Website resources include an app to help you develop your our ritual, trainings and webinars, to free ceremonies the take place regularly in Vancouver BC, that honour whatever you may be going through.

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