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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

Grief Support Centres and Resources

PACT has a relationship with many grief support centres in the GTA and across Ontario. Please have a look at the map below to gain a better understanding of what resources are available in your specific community. 

Hover your cursor over the markers, and a description of services and contact information will appear. Please note that this map functions best in Google Chrome, not Internet Explorer.

If you as families learn of other organizations that offer support groups or activities at no or minimal cost to families, please let us know and we will review them and link them.  Please email your suggestions to grief.support@sickkids.ca

Grief Support Resource Map

As well, there are GriefShare groups across Ontario- their website has a search function: http://www.griefshare.org/findagroup. GriefShare's Model is: GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. You don't have to go through the grieving process alone. Most groups are held in community churches, but are open to people of all faiths and those who question their beliefs. They are general bereavement groups and currently there are no specific parent focused groups.  They run on a model of support, education and self-reflection, so will meet the needs of many. Feel free to let us know how you have found the experience. 

Some Specific Opportunities through our Community Partners will be updated below as we learn of them.  If you are interested in having your organization's information added, please email: lori.ives-baine@sickkids.ca at least a month in advance with details. 

        Lots of events are happening over the coming spring- please check out their events page for the most current information

        Andrea offers many educational opportunities for families and for professionals alike- please go to her events page for more information.

Gilda's Club- Family Bereavement Groups 

Guilda's Club want to let you know that the following 10 week support groups will be starting soon. We offer support groups, every Tuesday and Thursday night, for the whole family. We also have a dinner program that participants can access prior to group. Please see below for the information of the groups and the flyers attached to share with your interested individual/clients/patients.

To access these groups we ask that interested individuals call 416-214-9898 to set up a New Member Meeting where they will meet a program team staff, have a tour and fill out the required forms.  

Tuesday Evening 10 Week Support Groups: Every Tuesday from April 4 to June 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Living with Cancer: A group for individuals who are living with a cancer diagnosis. This group welcomes individuals who have been newly diagnosed or are up to 18 months post-treatment.

Friends and Family: A group for any friends or family members who have a loved one with a cancer diagnosis.

Kids Talk Out: Kids Talk Out is for children who currently have someone in their life who has cancer. This program aims to reach young people living with cancer in the family by offering an adult-led peer support program for children ages 4 to 12.

Thursday Evening 10 Week Support Group: Every Thursday from April 6-June 8, 2017 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Adult Bereavement: This group is a chance for individuals to come and share their experiences of loss with others who have lost a friend or family member to cancer.

Kids Grieve Too: Kids Grieve Too is a weekly adult led peer support group which aims to provide kids ages 4-12 who are remembering someone who has died of cancer, a chance to talk with other kids about cancer and death, and how it has affected them and their family.

The Hub- Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

416-642-9445 ext. 4420

Child Loss Group:
For parents who have experienced the death of a child of any age.
Parent/Sibling Loss Group:
For anyone who has experienced the death of a family member.
Good Grief Support Group (Mixed Loss):
At McDougall + Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road
For anyone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend
Parent/Sibling Loss Group

Located at the Hub - 2660 Eglinton Ave. East.

Therapeutic Art Group (10 weeks)

  • At the Hub - 2660 Eglinton Ave. East
  • No specific artistic skill required.
  • The Therapeutic Art Group is a closed, 8-10 week bereavement group. The group is facilitated by an Art Therapy student, whose role is to create a safe space for those who wish to further pursue issues related to bereavement, and who need an outlet for their grief.
  • While this group is meant to deepen the connections with group members and to be a connected community of shared experience, it is not meant to operate as a social group. We strongly encourage group members to continue to socialize and support one another outside of the context of our program and SCHC.

Suicide Support Group (8 weeks) 

  •  For anyone who has survived the loss of a friend or family member to suicide.
  • This group is a partnership between SCHC’s Hospice Bereavement Care program and Distress Centres’ Survivor Support Program
  • At the Hub - 2660 Eglinton Ave. East.

Bereavement Walking Group

  • Thomson Memorial Park 1005 Brimley Road (north of Lawrence)
    Registration Required

Dr. Jay's Children's Grief Centre (downtown Toronto)

Dr. Jays runs events and opportunities for bereaved children.  Check them out for any information that might be helpful.  Please note that they do have a waiting list at present.  

250 Davisville Ave, Suite 405

Toronto, Ontairo M4S 1H2

Phone: 416-360-1111

Bereaved Families of Ontario- Toronto

A free program for children who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The Children’s Program consists of:

  • Small groups of 6-8 children (aged 5 – 8 and 9 – 12).
  • Groups are run by trained volunteers.
  • Groups are art and activity based.
  • Groups meet once a week for 8 weeks.  Participants must attend all sessions.  
  • Caregivers attend an educational group at the same time which provides information on how to help your child(ren) cope with the death.

Where: The group will be held at the Bereaved Families of Ontario-Toronto office
250 Merton St, Suite 202.

For more information please call or email:
Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) -Toronto
Bereaved helping the bereaved learn to live with grief.
We can help the healing begin.
Monday to Thursday

For those living outside Toronto, this is the general BFO Brochure- please take a look at our map to find a location near you.  

BFO Toronto Parents Brochure

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network (PAILNetwork)Provincial support network for grieving parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.  They run support groups in different areas of the province and an annual picnic and butterfly release.

Pregnancy Infant Loss brochure

We take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information received. Please check with the organization's website or contact the organization for more information.

If you would like your information to be available on this page, please contact grief.support@sickkids.ca at least one month in advance of the activities.