Online Resources for Families
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Description: Committee of experts to answer questions related to supporting children when family is facing illness
Andrea Warnick: Kids Grieve 2
Description: KidsGrieve2 Q&A connects families, professional and volunteers with expert advice on supporting children and youth who are grieving a death or an expected death. In this public web forum, Andrea Warnick, a national children’s grief expert answers your questions.
Free live forum every month. Email KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca to register
Cancer Really Sucks
Description: Resource for volunteers and families with teenagers who don’t fall within our mandate
Resources made by teens for teens:
Children and Youth Grief Network
Description: Provides research for caregivers. Coalition between: Heart Hospice, LightHouse, Centre for Grief and Healing, Dr.Jay’s Grief Centre, Andrea Warnick Consulting, The Dorothy Ley Hospice, Bethell Hospice, Region of Peel.
The Dougy Centre: National Centre for Grieving Children and Families (US)
Description: Resource for volunteers and families
Other Related Links and Information: Books/dvd resources, kids support FAQs, support in Spanish, guides for adults, tip sheets and more available online:
Telling Kids About Cancer
Description: Step by Step guide to talking to children and teens about cancer, sharing diagnosis, and keeping the conversation going throughout cancer journey
Other Related Links and Information: age appropriate advice to help families choose specifically what age group applies to them. Includes 0-18 years old; resources have great book list for children of all ages
Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)
Description: “Canada’s only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people. Since 1989, our trained, professional counsellors have been listening to kids, often when no one else can or will. We are always there – supporting young people wherever and whenever they need us most.”
Other Related Links and Information: Tools and Resources for adults, specific pages for kids and teens respectively.
Tools and Resources: http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/resources/
Teens Page: http://kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/Home.aspx
Kids Page: http://kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/Home.aspx
Stop, Breathe & Think App
Description: With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK
Other Related Links and Information: Learn more about the app and the research behind its methods. http://www.stopbreathethink.org/learn.html
Sesame Street “When Families Grieve”
Description: Explanation, advice, and what and how to tell your kids about a death, as well as kid-friendly videos and activities.
Description: Resources providing support to children, young people and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.
Get Support: https://www.winstonswish.org.uk/supporting-you/
Description: Create an Account to experience a confidential way of helping you understand and work through your grief.
Description: Grief Net’s integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of many kinds. Adult email grief support groups are one of the many resources linked with this website.
Join an adult email grief support group: http://griefnet.org/support/sg2.html
Description: “A safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss. It’s a place to deal with feelings in our e-mail support group, to share and view artwork and stories, and for parents and kids to ask questions and find answers.”
Join an email support group: http://kidsaid.com/k2k_support.html
Halton Region Pregnancy and Parenting
Description: This website has compiled extremely useful and helpful information. Everything involving parenting and pregnancy can be found here, or at one of the websites they refer to.
Description: Affordable, private, online counselling. They offer a free 7-day trial period.
Alliance of Hope
Description: The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Community Forum: http://forum.allianceofhope.org/
Canadian Mental Health Association (Halton Branch)
Description: Canadian Mental Health Association offers support for mental health and/or addiction concerns, those in crisis, those who want to improve their quality of life, and more.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline (1.877.336.2433)
Description: “Assaulted Women’s Helpline has served as a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.
We provide crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”
Ontario Mental Health Helpline (1-866-531-2600)
Description: Services include: information about counselling services and supports in your community. Listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals. Also provide basic education about mental illness
Helpful Links: http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/Home/Links
Single Parents Network
Description: SPN offers a wide variety of resources and suport. Their website has links to educational resources, child care, legal support, and more.
Single & Parenting
Description: Single & Parenting groups allows you to share and receive tips and parenting wisdom that will help you find rest, hope and encouragement.
Find a Group: https://www.singleandparenting.org/findagroup
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
Description: Education, support, and resources for cancer sufferers and survivors.
Find a doctor, Cancer Centres, Blogs, Canadian cancer organizations by type of cancer: http://survivornet.ca/cancer-types/
Description: Information on different all cancer types, research, and more. Including blogs and community discussions
SHARE Cancer Support
Description: Dedicated to women affected by ovarian and breast cancers.
Description: The Alberta CancerBridges team is a large provincial collection of professionals and survivors with special interest in researching and delivering evidence-based survivorship care.
Resources for cancer survivors: http://www.cancerbridges.ca/resources/
Youth Zone by Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto
Description: Information and resources for youth that provide insight, tips and suggestions on how to cope with mental illness and enjoy success in school and in life.
Understanding Mental Illness: http://toronto.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental-illness/
Mothers with Cancer
Description: Website for open to anyone, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’re supporting a friend or family member. Created by 20 mothers with cancer who tell their stories, offer support, and allow you to share your stories.
Social Work Helper: Using Games in Therapy
Description: This article gives tips and multiple examples of games which can encourage expression of feelings
Just for ME!: Healing Activities for Grieving Children and Teens
Description: This pdf includes several helpful activities for children and teens to help them through their grief experience, encourage expression of their feelings, and ways to gain a feeling of a continued connection with their loved ones.
Several descriptions paraphrased/ retrieved from: Krans, B. (May, 2016). The 15 Best Cancer Blogs of 2016. Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/best-cancer-blogs-of-the-year#1
Blog for a Cure: Cancer Sucks
Description: People in the community sharing their stories, symptoms, treatments, and tips.
60 Top Cancer Blogs
Description: This site links the author’s picks for the top 60 cancer blogs, organized by category- cancer type, situation, etc.
Boyfriend with a Brain Tumour
Description: “A man, a woman, and a neoplasm.” The author continues to write about the trials and tribulations of being a caregiver of someone with cancer.
I Had Cancer
Description: A support community that’s all about facilitating person-to-person communication for people who have or have had cancer in their lives. Their blog covers various topics related to cancer from guest contributors, including “chemo brain,” post-treatment depression, fertility issues, and more.
Description: Laurie Singer Sievers, writes the “Our Cancer” blog for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a powerhouse of cancer research. She was married to Leroy Sievers who documented his experience of colon cancer. He passed from cancer in 2008. In this blog, Laurie continues writing memories of her husband.
Toom-ah? What Stinkin Toom-Ah!
Description: In 2010, Jessica Oldwyn was diagnosed with diffuse astrocytoma. Her blog follows not only her journey but offers resources for those who find solace in her writing as she continues to fight for survival against the odds.
New Mom….. New Cancer
Description: “My name is Kezia and my daughter, Saoirse, and I battled two different types of cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage 3, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the end of January 2011. I started my chemotherapy at the beginning of February. Saoirse was diagnosed with Stage 4, nMYC amplified, Neuroblastoma at the beginning of May 2011, and began chemotherapy immediately. Being a healthy family until now, to have two family members receive such diagnoses so close to each other has been a true shock.”
Lisa Bonchek Adams Writings on metastatic breast cancer, grief & loss, life, and family
Description: Lisa began this blog writing about her experiences with cancer, she passed in 2015, this wonderful blog is kept up to date in memoriam.
Description: “This is my story – living and dying with metastatic breast cancer. Once a nurse and now a patient”
This blog was written by Sharri Fillipo. Unfortunately she has died as a result of her cancer, but her story lives on to inspire and offer support to those experiencing a similar situation.