Support for Grieving Children
Palliative Manitoba understands that every child feels the effect of a death of a loved one in different ways, sometimes responding unexpectedly.
We offer grief support services available to young individuals. Kids Grieve Too and Teens Grieve Too help children and youth address grief that accompanies a death, and provide them with tools to deal with future emotions.
Palliative Manitoba understands the importance of using real language when speaking to children about grief.
In these programs, participants take part in different activities, while parents and guardians are offered support in another group setting.
Acceptance into Kids Grieve Too and Teens Grieve Too involves completion of an application form and an interview with the child and family.
Kids Grieve Too (Ages 9-12)
Kids Grieve Too is designed to recognize physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects of children’s grief.
Grieving children turn to their parents or other trusted adults who may also be grieving. Recognizing a child’s grief and providing support while grieving can be difficult. Kids Grieve Too is designed for both adults and children to receive the support and coping tools to deal with grief.
Teens Grieve Too (Ages 13-17)
Teens Grieve Too is designed to help reduce isolation a teenager may be feeling and offers a supportive group to meet with others.
Every teen grieves differently. Peer support groups are an ideal way to help grieving teens heal. They are 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 help support one another.
Both programs run for 6 weeks and also offer a grief support group for parents and guardians.
Kids Grieve Too and Teens Grieve Too are also able to support families who have experienced loss not necessarily from death.