Family Services

Grief and Bereavement

Grief is what we experience when we lose someone close to us or something we feel is important. No-one really knows how a loss is going to affect someone. Grief is complicated and people may react differently.

Children at various ages may have different concepts of death and loss, and may grieve differently than adults. You may notice changes in their behavior such as acting out, having a hard time with school work, clinging more to a parent or being worried.

Youth may have a better understanding of loss, but may try coping in other ways. They may try to be more independent, experience more anxiety or look outside the family for ways to cope, such as turning to alcohol or drugs.

Counseling or therapy may be necessary to work through grief. For assistance contact your local health care provider.

(Resource: – Grief and Bereavement Issues)


Canadian Mental Health Association – Grief After Suicide

Canadian Mental Health Association – Grieving

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – When a Parent Dies By Suicide, What Kids Want to Know

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – When a Parent Drinks Too Much Alcohol, What Kids Want to Know

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – When a Parent is Depressed, What Kids Want to Know – Coping with Grief and Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – Grief and Loss

Mind Your Mind -- A place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times.

Books in Your Community

For Adults

10 Steps for Parenting Your Grieving Children, Anne Hatcher Berenberg et al.

25 Things to Do When Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced or the Dog Dies: Activities to Help Children Heal After a Loss or a Change, Laurie A. Kanyer.

But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Helping Children and Families After a Suicide, Barbara Rubel.

Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss, Michaelene Mundy.

When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope With Grief, Marge Heegaard.

For Children and Youth

A Terrible Thing Happened, Margaret Holmes.

After a Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids, Dougy Center for Grieving Children.

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Cope When a Special Person Dies, Janis Silverman.