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Preparing Children for Death | Treading Above Water

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Preparing Children for Death | Treading Above Water

This program is offered virtually and open to anyone who has been impacted by cancer. Membership is not required to participate. 

Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto invites you to join us for our new education series, Treading Above Water.  Each week throughout the month of April we will provide virtual educational opportunities to learn from subject matter experts about the difficult topic of dying and death.

Treading Above Water is an opportunity to learn how to process difficult information and plan the best options for you or your loved ones during a period of time when life’s waters are calm, so that you will be able to keep your head above water when life becomes more turbulent and the water gets deep.

 

Supporting children who are experiencing the dying of someone close to them can be overwhelming for families and professionals alike. While there is a growing body of research encouraging honesty and inclusion of children experiencing the serious illness of someone in their life, in an effort to protect them children are often excluded from the experience of illness, dying and death. This can lead to a sense of alienation for the child and a missed opportunity for both connection and grief support. This webinar will offer practical strategies for preparing kids for the death of someone they care about, with stories and important messages from children that illustrate “best practice” guidelines being shared throughout. 

 

Presenter: Andrea Warnick RN, MA
Andrea is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Nurse whose passion lies in helping individuals, families and communities support people of all ages who are grieving an illness or death in their lives. With years of nursing and counselling experience both in Canada and abroad and a Masters degree in Thanatology (the study of dying and death) Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise. Andrea developed and teaches the 5 Day Certificate Program in Children’s Grief and Bereavement at SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health. She was also the lead content developer for KidsGrief.ca and KidsGrief for Educators. Once a month Andrea hosts a free monthly forum through Canadian Virtual Hospice, KidsGrief Q&A, where she responds to questions from families and professionals from across the country about supporting grieving children and youth. Andrea lives in Guelph Ontario, from where she runs Andrea Warnick Consulting, a group practice of over 25 therapists who provide grief counselling across Ontario and grief education across Canada.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. -Kofi Annan

Event Details

Date: April 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Gilda’s Toronto Virtual Programs
Organizer Name: Gilda’s Toronto
Phone: (416) 214-9898