Support for Grieving Children
Palliative Manitoba understands that every child feels the effect of the loss of a loved one in a different way, sometimes responding in an unexpected manner. We recognize the need to make grief support services available to young people, helping them cope with the grief that accompanies loss, and provide them with tools to deal with future emotions. Palliative Manitoba also understands the importance of using honest, appropriate and accurate language when speaking to children about grief.
In 2011, Palliative Manitoba launched Kids Grieve Too and Teens Grieve Too. During the past few years more than 150 children and their parents and/or guardians have attended the course. Participants take part in various interactive, reflective and age-appropriate activities, while parents and guardians are offered support in a group setting conducted concurrently at the same facility. If more than one child per family is eligible, siblings are encouraged to attend the sessions at the same time.
Kids Grieve Too (Ages 9-12)
Kids Grieve Too is designed to recognize physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural aspects of the bereavement journey of children.
Grieving children turn to their parents and other trusted adults who may also be grieving the loss of their loved one. Knowing how to recognize their grief and provide support while experiencing loss oneself can be challenging. Kids Grieve Too is designed for both adults and children to receive the support and coping tools needed during the painful period of loss.
The Kids Grieve Too program runs for 6 weeks and offers concurrent grief support groups, one for the child and one for the caregiver.
If you are considering referring a child to Kids Grieve Too, please call 204-889-8525.
Teens Grieve Too (Ages 13-17)
When teens experience the death of someone close, they can suddenly feel different from peers and may feel isolated and/or alone. The Teens Grieve Too program helps combat isolation a teenager may be feeling and offer a peer group to meet and engage with others.
Every teen grieves differently:
- some may want to talk about death.
- some may choose to cry and be emotional.
- some may express their grief in creative/artistic ways.
- some may write in a journal or blog.
- some may participate in sports or other energetic activities.
Peer support groups are an ideal way to help bereaved teens heal. They are allowed and encouraged to tell their stories as they like. In this setting, teens will meet and build friendships with others who have had similar experiences. Although grief is unique to each individual, they can support one another throughout their journeys.
The Teens Grieve Too program runs for 6 weeks and offers concurrent grief support groups, one for the child and one for the caregiver.
If you are considering referring a child to Teens Grieve Too, please call 204-889-8525.
Acceptance into Kids Grieve Too and Teens Grieve Too involves completion of an application form (available following a short telephone conversation to determine eligibility) and a private interview with the child and family and Palliative Manitoba’s Programs and Services Coordinator.