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Canadian Virtual Hospice

Website: http://www.virtualhospice.ca/

Description: Committee of experts to answer questions related to supporting children when their family is facing illness.

Ask a Professional: http://www.virtualhospice.ca/en_US/Main+Site+Navigation/Home/Support/Support/Ask+a+Professional.aspx


Stop, Breathe & Think App

Website: http://www.stopbreathethink.org/

Description: With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK

Other Links and Relevant Information: Learn more about the app and the research behind its methods: http://www.stopbreathethink.org/learn.html   


Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Website: http://www.torontocas.ca/?t=home

Description: Information on what child abuse is, what the indicators are, and how to report it.

Other Links and Relevant Information:

Contact: http://www.torontocas.ca/?t=contact-us

Reporting Abuse: http://www.torontocas.ca/?t=what-is-child-abuse


Sarana Institute

Website: http://www.saranainstitute.org/

Description: “Our programs draw from essential practices rooted in mindfulness and compassion skills. The training develops our ability for acceptance, non judgmental and non reactive awareness, equanimity, generosity, wise speech and deep listening.”

Programs: http://www.saranainstitute.org/mindfulness/


The Caregiver Network

Website: https://thecaregivernetwork.ca/mindfulness-new-tool-caregivers/

Description: This website offers a series of channels, articles, videos, and stories dedicated to offering information and support to caregivers.

Other Links and Relevant Information: https://thecaregivernetwork.ca/mindfulness-new-tool-caregivers/


Mindful Teachers

Website: http://www.mindfulteachers.org/

Description: This website offers resources for mindfulness and self care

Mindfulness activities and teaching resources: http://www.mindfulteachers.org/p/free-resources-and-lesson-plans.html 


Help Guide: Caregiver Stress and Burnout

Website: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/caregiving-stress-and-burnout.htm

Description: This website offers tips and advice for caregivers to reduce stress and avoid burnout.


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Website: http://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/PatientsFamilies/Patient_Family_Library/Newsletter/Pages/2016/library_corner_mindfulness_relaxation_resources.aspx

Description: This site offers a list of brochures with mindfulness techniques, a link to their relaxation class details, and links to other resources

Relaxation Therapy Class: http://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/PatientsFamilies/Specialized_Program_Services/Patient_Education_Classes/Pages/relaxation_therapy_class.aspx 


Caring Safely: Protect Yourself from Compassion Fatigue & Burnout

Website: http://www.charlenerichardrsw.com

Description: This site offers tips on how to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout as well as links to an online program offered by Charlene Richard B.S.W, M.S.W., RSW

Other Links and Relevant Information:

Online program- offered in the fall. Registration closes September 30th. 2017 Registration has not yet opened as of 08/02/2017 http://www.charlenerichardrsw.com/caring-safely-page


To Use With Children

Sesame Street “When Families Grieve”

Website: http://www.sesamestreet.org/content/grief

Description: Explanation and advice and what and how to tell your kids about a death, as well as kid friendly videos and activities.


The Dougy Centre: National Centre for Grieving Children and Families (US)

Website: http://www.dougy.org/

Description: Resource for volunteers and families

Other Links and Relevant Information: Books/dvd resources, kids support FAQs, support in Spanish, guides for adults, tip sheets and more available online:




Scholastic Activity for Grieving Children Kindergarten to grade 5

Website: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3758055

Description: This page shows an activity created for teachers to encourage conversation and expression of emotions.


PBS: When Families Grieve, Printable Tools and Activities

Website: http://www.pbs.org/parents/whenfamiliesgrieve/tools.html 

Description: This website offers several activities to do with children to encourage conversation and expression of emotion.


Social Work Helper: Using Games in Therapy

Website: https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2014/05/22/using-games-in-therapy/

Description: An article which discusses the purpose of using games in therapy as well as tips on how to turn common games into therapeutic ones, as well as how to make your own.

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Literary Resources

Mindfulness and Self Care

Title: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Author: Kabat-Zinn, J.

Year: 2005

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Wherever-You-There-Are-Mindfulness/dp/1401307787


Title: The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

Author: Teasdale, J. D., Williams, M., and Segal, Z.

Year: 2014

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Mindful-Way-Workbook-Depression-Emotional/dp/1462508146


Title: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program

Author: Salzberg, S.

Year: 2010

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Real-Happiness-Meditation-28-Day-Program/dp/0761159258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486140696&sr=8-1&keywords=real+happiness+by+sharon+salzberg


Title: To Weep For A Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving

Author: Smith, P.

Year: 2009

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Weep-Stranger-Compassion-Fatigue-Caregiving/dp/1448658691/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486576243&sr=8-1&keywords=to+weep+for+a+stranger


Title: The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization

Author: Mathieu, F.

Year: 2011

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Compassion-Fatigue-Workbook-Transforming-Traumatization/dp/0415897904

To Use With Children

Title: Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children

Author: Lowenstein , L.

Year: 2006

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Creative-Interventions-Bereaved-Children-Lowenstein/dp/096851992X


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