Parents and caregivers will be invited to meet their family’s counsellor during an intake session. When children and teens first meet with their counsellor, the focuses will be getting to know each other and exploring the space.
Counselling sessions may include art and play therapies, writing or other activities that help explore and express grief.
We Go Where We Are Needed
We ensure our services are accessible to all by attempting to remove logistical challenges during an already challenging time. Our counsellors work with patients and families at our centre, and when appropriate, can also offer support at hospices, hospitals, schools, home, or at other locations in the community.
Accessible to All
Counselling fees are on a sliding scale based on family income and drop-in groups are free of charge.
No one is turned away due to financial difficulties as we work hard with our community partners to ensure there are no obstacles to accessing our services. If your financial circumstances change at any time, please do not hesitate to speak with your counsellor for a fee adjustment.
|Children’s Grief Centre
1245 70 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2X8
The Children’s Grief Centre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available in front of the building.
Risks & Benefits of Grief Counselling
There may be some increase in intensity of feelings as we discuss and work through grief. The intention and benefit of counselling is to enhance our well-being. We all grieve in our own unique way and have different needs as we experience the death of someone close to us.
Individual counselling is focused on the individual’s immediate or near future concerns, such as grief after someone close to them has died. It’s a one-on-one discussion between the counsellor and the client. The two form an alliance, a relationship or bond that enables trust and personal growth. Sessions may include art and play therapies, writing or other activities that help explore and express grief.
Family counselling brings together the members of a family as a group. It focuses on family dynamics and explores issues that affect a family (e.g. disease, death or conflict). By engaging the immediate family unit in grief counselling, those grieving can find great long-term support around them as they establish their resiliency.
How Services are Ended
When you and/or your counsellor determine that services are longer required, your file will be closed. The opportunity to re-access services for grief counselling is available.
Group programs for children, teens, and families can help reduce isolation, foster connection, establish resilience, support mental health, and build community.
Children’s Grief Centre operates regularly between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:30pm to 4:30pm on Fridays. In order to access 24 hour counselling support, please contact the Distress Centre at 403-266-4357. For any other medical emergency, call 911.
Qualifications of our Counsellors
All Children’s Grief Centre counsellors have graduate degrees in counselling, social work and psychology and are certified through the Collage of Alberta Psychologists, the Alberta College of Social Workers, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Our professional counsellors are bound by their professional codes of ethics and our policies.
Ways you can Contribute to Improving our Services
As part of your counselling experience, you will be asked to complete surveys in order to assess your needs and the ongoing benefits of counselling. While you have the option to decline completing the surveys, your cooperation is appreciated to help improve the quality of support and services offered by the organization.