Child & Youth Bereavement
Grief is a natural reaction to loss. It is the normal process that occurs after a person has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Children express grief and loss differently from teens and adults, and may have many different responses including issues arising in academic, behavioral, emotional, social and physical areas of the child’s world. The type of support that children receive during their bereavement can impact their health, social relationships and future success in school.
Our Guiding Principles
Every child/youth is entitled to the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, informed and understanding environment. Open communication about death, grief and loss helps children/teens to heal from loss. Children naturally process their grief through playful, creative activities. Grieving children/teens need to have their questions answered, even when they are unable to express them directly.
Our Child and Youth Bereavement Services include:
- Education and support for parents/caregivers of grieving children and teens
- Individual support for children, teens and families
- 10-week support groups for children and teens
- One day activity camps for children
- Annual four-day overnight camp for children aged 6 to 12 years
For more information or to refer a child or teen to this program
please contact the Child/Youth Bereavement Coordinator at the Langley Hospice Society at 604-530-1115.