Child and Youth Grief and Bereavement

Is your child grieving the death of a loved one?

Grief affects everyone in different ways and know you are not alone.

Children and Youth Grief and Bereavement

 

Grief is a natural reaction to loss. It can be devastating and can drastically impact one’s life, especially for children and youth. When a significant person of a child or youth has died or is dying, it is important for them to be able to explore and learn what grief is, and how to process it. COHA offers a number of programs and services following our guided principles for children and youth ages 5-19 to help them through this difficult time.

Horse Whisperer Grief Camp 2022

With our donor’s support, we were able to offer our first Horse Whisperer Grief Camp, a one day camp offered to children and youth ages 5-19, who have experienced the loss of a family member or friend.

All our programs are confidential and provided at no cost.

 

One to One Professional Support

When a significant person of a child or youth has died it’s important for them to be able to explore and learn how and what grief is, and how to process it.  Counselling services are available to children and youth who are grieving the loss of a loved one

Anticipatory Grief Support

Counselling services are available to children and youth who are experiencing anticipatory grief leading up to the death of a significant family member who is registered on the Central Okanagan Hospice palliative care program of Interior Health.

Grief Groups

One of the most difficult challenges for children and youth experiencing a death is feeling different.  COHA staff and volunteers create a safe, supportive environment for children and teens grieving a loss to come together and make connections through a variety of expressive art and play activities.  Groups are offered up to 3 times per year for 8 weekly sessions and are available for children ages 5-12, as well as youth ages 13-19.

In School Support

As a teacher, school counsellor, support staff, or administrator, it is likely you’ll work with a student grieving the death of a family member or friend.  Talking with a child or youth who is grieving can feel intimidating.  As a parent or caregiver, concern about how your child is functioning in a school environment after a loss can feel overwhelming.  COHA offers offer in-school supports to students, teachers and staff.

Horse Whisperer Grief Camp

This one day camp uses horses to build valuable coping skills when dealing with the stress of a loss.  Activities include riding, grooming, horse husbandry and a nature walk.  Camps are held twice a year and are available to children and youth ages 5-19.

Expressive Arts Activity Nights

Children and youth often have difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings with words.  Our expressive art themed nights aim to help children and youth remember and honor their loved ones.  Examples of activities include paint nights, journaling classes, and music therapy

 

Our Wellness Program focuses on an integrated a holistic approach to support the mind, body and spirit. Click here to learn more about our wellness services.

 

To register or learn more about our services, please contact Ian Kunitski at 250.763.5511, ext. 110
or email ian@hospicecoha.org

COHA’s Guiding Principles:

  • To provide a safe, non-judgmental space for grieving children and youth to meet and talk about their feelings and experiences
  • To provide information about grief and loss to children and youth to help them understand and normalize their feelings
  • To decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness that many children and youth feel following the death of a significant person
  • To communicate openly to children and youth about death, grief and loss to help them move forward in life
  • To provide opportunities for children and youth to express and process their grief through therapeutic toys, games, art, music and play

Help Make a Difference

There are many ways to get involved to help the dying, grieving and their loved ones in the Central Okanagan.

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