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Online Resources for Families

Description: Theravive is a network of licensed therapists and psychologists committed to helping people receive the best mental health care available.  Through building bridges with others, we continually strive to lower mental health stigma.

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

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 their 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 a 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 Pagehttp://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 death, as well as kid-friendly videos and activities.

Winston’s Wish
Description: Resources providing support to children, young people, and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.

Get Supporthttps://www.winstonswish.org.uk/supporting-you/

My Grief
Description: Create an Account to experience a confidential way of helping you understand and work through your grief.

Grief Net
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

Kids Aid
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 on one of the websites they refer to.

Better Help
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.”

Information: http://www.awhl.org/woman-abuse

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. They 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 support. 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 cancerhttp://survivornet.ca/cancer-types/

Description: Information on different 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 a special interest in researching and delivering evidence-based survivorship care.

Resources for cancer survivors: http://www.cancerbridges.ca/resources/

Youth Zone by the 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.

Support: https://motherswithcancer.wordpress.com/support/

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.

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.

Our Cancer
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.

Sherri Fillipo
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.

For Kids (age 2-11)

Title: When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
Author: Brown, L. K.
Year: 1996
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Dinosaurs-Die-Guide-Understanding/dp/0316119555

Title: Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing
Author: Goldman, L.
Year: 2005
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Children-Also-Grieve-Talking-Healing/dp/1843108089/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536061&sr=1-1&keywords=Children+Also+Grieve%3A+Talking+about+Death+and+Healing

Title: Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
Author: Mellonie, B.
Year: 1983
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Lifetimes-Beautiful-Explain-Death-Children/dp/0553344021/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536134&sr=1-1&keywords=Lifetimes%3A+A+Beautiful+Way+to+Explain+Death+to+Children

Title: Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
Author: Schweibert, P., & DeKlyen, C.
Year: 1999
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Tear-Soup-Recipe-Healing-After/dp/0961519762/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536151&sr=1-1&keywords=Tear+Soup%3A+A+Recipe+for+Healing+After+Loss

Title: The Secret C: Straight Talking about Cancer
Author: Stokes, J. A.
Year: 2000
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Straight-Talking-About-Cancer/dp/0953912302/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536172&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Secret+C%3A+Straight+Talking+about+Cancer

Title: The Heart and the Bottle
Author: Jeffers, O.
Year: 2010
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Heart-Bottle-Oliver-Jeffers/dp/0007182341/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536198&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Heart+and+the+Bottle

Title: Muddles, Puddles, and Sunshine: Your Activity Book to Help When Someone Has Died
Author: Winston’s Wish
Year: 2001
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Muddles-Puddles-Sunshine-Winstons-Wish/dp/1869890582/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536219&sr=1-1&keywords=Muddles%2C+Puddles%2C+and+Sunshine%3A+Your+Activity+Book+to+Help+When+Someone+Has+Died

Title: When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change
Author: Heegaard, M.
Year: 1991
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Someone-Very-Serious-Illness/dp/0962050245/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536244&sr=1-1&keywords=When+Someone+Has+a+Very+Serious+Illness%3A+Children+Can+Learn+to+Cope+with+Loss+and+Change

Title: I’ll Always Love You
Author: Wilhelm, H.
Year: 1985
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Ill-Always-Love-Hans-Wilhelm/dp/0517572656/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536265&sr=1-1&keywords=I%E2%80%99ll+Always+Love+You

Title: You Hold Me and I’ll Hold You
Author: Carson, J.
Year: 1992
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/You-Hold-Me-Ill/dp/0606125833/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536289&sr=1-1&keywords=You+Hold+Me+and+I%E2%80%99ll+Hold+You

Title: The Invisible String
Author: Karst, P.
Year: 2000
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Invisible-String-PATRICE-KARST/dp/0875167349/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485968952&sr=8-1&keywords=the+invisible+string

Title: Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Author: McCloud, C.
Year: 2006
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Have-Filled-Bucket-Today-Anniversary/dp/099609993X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485969032&sr=8-1&keywords=have+you+filled+a+bucket+today

Title: Nowhere Hair: Explains your cancer and chemo to your kids
Author: Glader, Sue
Year: 2013
Links to Purchase Book


For Teens (11 and up)

Title: Chill & Spill: A Place to Put It Down And Work It Out
Author: Lorig, S., & Jacobs, J.
Year: 2005
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Chill-Spill-Place-Down-Work/dp/098413655X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536314&sr=1-1&keywords=Chill+%26+Spill%3A+A+Place+to+Put+It+Down+And+Work+It+Out

Title: Out of the Blue: Making Memories Last When Someone Has Died
Author: Winston’s Wish
Year: 2006
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Out-Blue-Making-Memories-Someone/dp/1903458714/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536330&sr=1-1&keywords=Out+of+the+Blue%3A+Making+Memories+Last+When+Someone+Has+Died

Title: Straight talk about death for teenagers
Author: Grollman, E. A.
Year: 1993
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Straight-Talk-about-Death-Teenagers/dp/0807025011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536354&sr=1-1&keywords=Straight+talk+about+death+for+teenagers

Title: Saying It Out Loud
Author: Abelove, J.
Year: 1999
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Saying-Out-Loud-Joan-Abelove/dp/0789426099/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536369&sr=1-1&keywords=Saying+It+Out+Loud

Title: Grief: A Natural Reaction To Loss
Author: Heegard, M. E.
Year: 2007
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Grief-Reaction-Marge-Eaton-Heegaard/dp/0962050288/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536407&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Coping+with+Death+and+Grief+Heegard

Title: How it Feels When a Parent Dies
Author: Krementz, J.
Year: 1988
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/How-Feels-When-Parent-Dies/dp/0394758544/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536486&sr=1-1&keywords=How+it+Feels+When+a+Parent+Dies

Title: The Empty Room: Surviving the Loss of a Brother or Sister
at Any Age
Author: DeVita-Raeburn, E.
Year: 2004
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Empty-Room-Surviving-Brother-Sister/dp/0743201515/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536503&sr=1-1&keywords=%22The+Empty+Room%3A+Surviving+the+Loss+of+a+Brother+or+Sister+at+Any+Age%22

Title: The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a
Mother or Father
Author: Harris, M.
Year: 1996
Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Loss-That-Forever-Lifelong-Impact/dp/0452272688/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536524&sr=1-1&keywords=%22The+Loss+That+Is+Forever%3A+The+Lifelong+Impact+of+the+Early+Death+of+a+Mother+or+Father.%22

Categories for adult literature found on Andrea Warnick’s website. Warnick, A. (2016.) Resources for Adults. Retrieved from http://andreawarnick.com/resources/resources-for-adults/

For Caregivers

Title: Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
Author: Jenkinson, S.
Year: 2015
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Die-Wise-Manifesto-Sanity-Soul/dp/1583949739/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536722&sr=1-1&keywords=Die+Wise%3A+A+Manifesto+for+Sanity+and+Soul

Title: Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
Author: Halifax, J.
Year: 2008
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Being-Dying-Cultivating-Compassion-Fearlessness/dp/1590307186/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536690&sr=1-1&keywords=Being+with+Dying%3A+Cultivating+Compassion+and+Fearlessness+in+the+Presence+of+Death

Death and Grief

Title: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author: Gawande, A.
Year: 2014
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Being-Mortal-Medicine-What-Matters/dp/1250076226/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536739&sr=1-1&keywords=Being+Mortal%3A+Medicine+and+What+Matters+in+the+End

Title: The Heart Does Break: Canadian Writers on Grief and Mourning
Author: Baird, J., & Bowering, G.
Year: 2011
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Heart-Does-Break-Canadian-Mourning/dp/0307357031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536763&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Heart+Does+Break%3A+Canadian+Writers+on+Grief+and+Mourning

Title: The Mourner’s Dance: What We do When People Die
Author: Ashenburg, K.
Year: 2002
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Mourners-Dance-What-When-People/dp/0307398692/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536790&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Mourner%27s+Dance

Title: Grief: A Natural Reaction To Loss
Author: Heegard, M. E.
Year: 2007
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Grief-Reaction-Marge-Eaton-Heegaard/dp/0962050288/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536407&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Coping+with+Death+and+Grief+Heegard

Title: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A Step-by-Step MBSR Approach to Help You Cope with Treatment and Reclaim Your Life
Author: Carlson, L., Speca, M., & Segal, Z. V.
Year: 2011
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Mindfulness-Based-Cancer-Recovery-Step-Step/dp/1572248874

Supporting Children and Youth: Talking About Cancer and Death

Title: Living Dying: A Guide for Adults Supporting Grieving Children and Teenagers
Author: Eaton Russell, C.
Year: 2007
Link to Purchase Book:  https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/purchase_living_dying_book/

Title: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children
Author: Silverman, P. R.
Year: 2009
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Parents-Guide-Raising-Grieving-Children/dp/0195328841/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536911&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Parent%E2%80%99s+Guide+to+Raising+Grieving+Children

Title: 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child
Author: The Dougy Centre
Year: 2004
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/35-Ways-Help-Grieving-Child/dp/1890534080/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536926&sr=1-1&keywords=35+Ways+to+Help+a+Grieving+Child

Title: Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum
Author: Helbert, K.
Year: 2012
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Finding-Your-Own-Way-Grieve-ebook/dp/B00DQBSK9I/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536945&sr=1-1&keywords=Finding+Your+Own+Way+to+Grieve%3A+A+Creative+Activity+Workbook+for+Kids+and+Teens+on+the+Autism+Spectrum

Title: A Child’s Grief: Supporting a Child When Someone in Their Family Has Died
Author: Stubbs, D., Stokes, J., & Alilovic, K.
Year: 2009
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Childs-Grief-Supporting-Someone-Family/dp/0955953936/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536972&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Child%27s+Grief%3A+Supporting+a+Child+When+Someone+in+Their+Family+Has+Died

Title: When a Parent is Sick. Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children
Author: Hamilton, Joan
Year: 2001
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Parent-Sick-Children-2001-04-04/dp/B01FKT9SJ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485537042&sr=1-1&keywords=When+a+Parent+is+Sick.+Helping+Parents+Explain+Serious+Illness+to+Children

Title: Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives
Author: Silverman, P. R.
Year: 2000
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Never-Too-Young-Know-Childrens/dp/0195109554/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485537063&sr=1-1&keywords=Never+Too+Young+to+Know%3A+Death+in+Children%27s+Lives

Title: As Big as it Gets: Supporting a Child When a Parent is Seriously Ill
Author: Stokes, J. A., Crossley, D., Stubbs, D.
Year: 2007
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Gets-Supporting-Seriously-2007-09-06/dp/B01K9555L4

Death of a Baby

Title: An Exact Replica Of A Figment Of My Imagination
Author: McCracken, E.
Year: 2010
Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Exact-Replica-Figment-My-Imagination/dp/0316027669/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485537023&sr=1-1&keywords=An+Exact+Replica+Of+A+Figment+Of+My+Imagination

Telephone Resources for Families


Kids Help Phone
Telephone number: 1-800-668-6868
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: 5 – 20

Ontario Mental Health Helpline
Telephone number: 1-866-531-2600
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A


Durham Mental Health Service (DMHS)
Crisis Line: 905-666-0483
Toll-Free: 1-800-742-1890
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A


Halton COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team)
Telephone number: 1-877-825-9011
Crisis Line: 1-844-646-1700
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

Canadian Mental Health Association
Telephone number: 1-844-646-1700
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Ages Served: N/A

Distress Centre Oakville
Telephone number:Text: 647-557-6250
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

Reach Out Centre for Kids (R.O.C.K.)
Telephone number: 905-878-9785
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: < 18

Spectra Distress Line
Telephone number: 905-583-7770
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: 18+

Oakville Distress Centre
Telephone number: 905-849-4541
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A


Peel COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team)
Telephone number: 905-278-9036
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

Peel Distress Centre
Telephone number: 905-278-4890
Hours of Operation: Unknown
Ages Served: N/A

Crisis Support Peel Mobile Team
Telephone number:905-278-9036
Hours of Operation:24/7
Ages Served: 16+

Spectra Distress Line
Telephone number: 905-459-7777
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: 18+

Mobile Crisis of Peel
Telephone number: 905-813-4141
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: 18+

Peel Children’s Centre
Telephone number: 416-410-8615
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: < 18


Toronto Distress Centre
Telephone number: 416-408-0007
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

Gertstein Centre
Telephone number: 416-929-9647
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

24-hour Crisis Line
Telephone number: 416-929-5200
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Telephone number: 416-364-8762
Toll free: 1-866-863-7868
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A


COPE hotline- Community Crisis Response Services
Telephone number: 1-866-323-2673 (COPE)
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Ages Served: N/A

Grief Counselling and Education RN, MA
Name: Andrea Warnick
Telephone: 416-428-6268
email: aw@andreawarnick.com
Website: andreawarnick.com
Service Area: Toronto and Guelph (GTA)
Grief Counseling and Education MSW, RSW
Name: Andrea Kwan
Telephone: (647) 286-3728
email: contact@andreakwan.com
Website: andreakwan.com
Service Area: GTA


Online Resources

Mindfulness and Self-care

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

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
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
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”
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)
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
Description: This page shows an activity created for teachers to encourage conversation and expression of emotions.

PBS: When Families Grieve, Printable Tools and Activities
Description: This website offers several activities to do with children to encourage conversation and expression of emotion.

Social Work Helper: 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.

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