Supporting your children through grief can be challenging. What do you say or do? How can you help your kids cope? How do you cope?
The stages of grief can have lasting mental health effects on families. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, “loss is one of life’s most stressful events. It takes time to heal, and everyone responds differently.” Hospice Calgary’s Children’s Grief Centre recognizes that each individual requires unique support. When a child loses a parent, family member, or friend they may turn to unhealthy coping techniques. Our team is here to respond compassion and understanding in order to help individuals and families heal.
The Children’s Grief Centre provides 1-1 and family counselling and peer-support programs to children over 5, teens, and their caregivers. These services are offered on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Our data indicates that in the last year, 88% of the families who accessed counselling through our Children’s Grief Centre declared that they were under the LICO cut-off (LICO is $46,300 for a family of four living in Calgary, according to Stats Canada).
72% of our clients could not pay any fees for their services, and the remaining majority also accessed some subsidy for their counselling.
Counselling is often provided at home or a child’s school to remove barriers to accessing crucial mental health support.
Your donations will subsidize counselling costs for those who cannot afford to pay and support the costs of technology, supplies, utilities, admin support, client intake, professional development, and volunteer costs.
“I have felt alone parenting my girls in their grief with my own grief. Our loss had a lot of judgement and stigma. It is comforting to feel connected to others who know what we are going through.”