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Bereavement Support

The Dorothy Ley Hospice

Address: 220 Sherway Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9C 0A7

Telephone: (416) 626-0116 x 227 Kristine Gagnon

Email Kristine Gagnon: kgagnon@dlhospice.org


Program and Service Information: http://www.dlhospice.org/Programs_and_Services/Programs_and_Services.aspx

Description: Bereavement care and support for caregivers, families and friends following a death or for those who anticipate a loss. The volunteers and staff offer one-on-one or group support and provide information and referrals to other community services as needed.

Serves: Many services and programs are offered to all individuals 16 years of age or older. Contact for more information.

Eligibility: Residential programs and Community programs limited to those who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and are 16 years of age or older

Cost: Free 10 week grief support group (10 participants at a time.) Contact for more details.

Office hours:  Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm seven days a week


Gilda’s Club

Address: 24 Cecil Street Toronto, ON M5T 1N2

Telephone: (416) 214-9898

Email: info@gildasclubtoronto.org

Website: https://gildasclubtoronto.org/

Kids and Teens: https://gildasclubtoronto.org/kids-and-teen-programs/

Adult Programs: https://gildasclubtoronto.org/adult-programs/

Camp: https://gildasclubtoronto.org/camp-in-the-city/

Description: Our inclusive program of support, education and social interaction for the “whole family”- adults, children and teens as well as their family and friends is offered in a home-like setting and provided FREE of charge to members. Gilda’s members are given the tools and information they need to help them create their own support plan

Serves: The kids program is for children aged 4-12, the Teens program those aged 11-19.

Eligibility: Anyone experiencing bereavement after the loss of a loved one. Specific programs are dedicated set age groups, see program list for eligibility details.

Registration: Call or email for registration.

Cost: No cost

Office hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm


Andrea Warnick Consulting                                                                        

Telephone: (416) 428-6268

email: admin@andreawarnick.com

Website: http://andreawarnick.com/

Counselling Information:  http://andreawarnick.com/services/counselling-clinical-consultation/

Description: Andrea Warnick offers a variety of therapeutic modalities with an emphasis on narrative therapy. She supports grieving individuals of all ages and by offering a variety of flexible counselling services.
Andrea has a formal supervision agreement with a Clinical Psychologist, and as a result her counselling services are covered by most private insurance benefit plans for people who reside in Ontario.

Serves: People of all ages; children, teens, adults, and famlies.

Eligibility: Children, youth, and adults who have someone close to them who has been diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness or has experienced a death.

Registration: Contact Andrea for more information

Cost: 50 Minute Session: $155. 80 Minute Session: $185

Office hours:Contact to book a session


Children’s Bereavement Support

Dr. Jay’s Grief Centre

Address: 82 Lombard Street, Suite 112 Toronto, ON. Canada M5C 2S8

Telephone: (416) 360-1111

Email: info@griefcentre.org

Website: https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/

Counselling: https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/psychosocial-support/

Resources: https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/resources/

Youth Program: https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/youth-counselling/

Description: The centre’s main objectives are to provide counselling and psychosocial support to children who are dying, provide counselling to children who are experiencing the death of a family member, before, during, and after a loss. Facilitate educational and support-based groups for families and caregivers of grieving and terminally ill children.

Serves: Children 0- 12, Youth group 13-18.

Cost: No cost

Accessibility: Located a short walk (less than 10 minutes) south from Queen Station. Use the TTC trip planner by clicking here: http://www.ttc.ca/Trip_planner/index.jsp

Contact for more information including registration.


Child Support/Mentoring

Young Carers Program Hospice Toronto

Address: 55 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 502 Toronto, Ontario M4P 1G8

Telephone: (416) 364-1666

Email Beverley Shepherd Administrative Assistant: info@hospicetoronto.ca

Website: http://www.ycptoronto.com/

What is a Young Carer?: http://www.ycptoronto.com/young-carer.html

Programs and Services: http://www.ycptoronto.com/what-we-do.html

Description:YCP provides social, recreational, educational, and skill development opportunities for Young Carers by connecting them with peers, building resilience and self esteem, and giving them time to have fun! Programs include sports, group activities, expressive arts, drama, movies, games, field-trips, homework assistance, coping skill development, leadership, cooking and nutrition, medical education and more!

Serves: Programs are for children between the ages of 5 and 18.

Eligibility: Children or youth 5-18 years old in a caregiving role for a parent, grandparent, sibling or any relative with a chronic or life threatening illness, disability, addiction, mental illness, or language barrier

Registration: A person over the age of 16 must fill out the referal form (http://www.ycptoronto.com/uploads/1/6/2/1/16213102/ycp_referral_form.doc) and fax it in, or call to have someone fill it out for you.

Cost: No cost

Office hours: Call for further details.

Community Support Services and Programs

Parks and Recreation Ontario

Address: 1 Concorde Gate, Suite 302, Toronto, ON M3C 3N6

Telephone: (416) 426-7142

Email: pro@prontario.org

Website: http://www.prontario.org/

Membership: http://www.prontario.org/index.php?ci_id=1308

Directions: http://www.prontario.org/index.php?ci_id=3635

Description: Parks and Recreation Ontario is a non-profit association that advances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships. PRO’s Vision: Healthy People – Vibrant Communities – Sustainable Environments

Serves: Programs are created for people of all ages. Some programs may vary, contact for further details.

Eligibility: Programs are created for people of all ages. Some programs may vary, contact for further details.

Registration: See Membership link, or contact for further details regarding specific programs.

Cost: No cost

Accessibility: Located at Wynford and the DVP.
There is limited street parking on Concorde Place and a meter lot directly north of the building


City of Toronto         

See website for locations and contact information of specific programs

Website: www.toronto.ca

To search for a specific program or service, hover over the “Living in Toronto” tab to make the list drop

Health and Recreation Programs: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a96adada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

A-Z Listing of Services: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=80c3ba2ae8b1e310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Description: The City of Toronto website offers links and information of community centres and other locations offering a range of programs and services. Programs include children services, financial assistance, housing, and a broad spectrum of other health and wellness support groups, programs and services. See website for more information.

See program page for details regarding age ranges, eligibility, and registration for specific programs.


Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Address: 602 – 36 Eglinton Avenue West Toronto, Ontario M4R 1A1

Telephone:Tel: (416) 486-8046. Toll-free:1-888-486-8236

Email: elyseg@mooddisorders.ca  OR visit https://www.mooddisorders.ca/contact to send an email on their website.

Website: https://www.mooddisorders.ca/event/toronto-drop-in-youth-and-young-adults-peer-support-group

Program description: https://www.mooddisorders.ca/program/students-and-young-adults

Description: MDAO offers a regular drop-in peer support group in Toronto for young people who are living with a mood disorder.

Serves: Youth and young adults aged 16 – 30

Eligibility: This is a support group for youth and young adults aged 16 – 30 affected by a mood disorder.

Registration: Drop in. Call or Email for any further questions.

Cost: No cost

Office hours: Meets every Wednesday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Accessibility:  Please use the access entrance, to enter the building after 4pm. Pressing the button will unlock the door.

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