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Children's Grief Centre Education

Empowering the Community

For over 30 years, we have served Calgary and Area, offering palliative and hospice care, support during advanced illness, and grief counselling to patients and clients. Using our experiences and expertise, our educators offer learning opportunities designed to strengthen, engage, and equip our community. They share practical tools and offer resources to support professionals and community advocates in their day-to-day work. 

Children's Grief Centre supports children aged 19 and under as they adjust to the changes in their lives when someone close to them is living with an advanced illness or has died. Our seminars and workshops offer tools and strategies for those grieving or supporting others.

Expert-led seminar topics include:

  • How grief works
  • Intro to child & teen grief
  • Coping strategies for grief
  • Talking to children about dying & death
  • Parenting grieving children
  • Grief after suicide
  • Honouring the deceased
  • First Responder training
  • Community response to dying & death

Over 2000 people a year benefit from our in-service consultation, training, seminars, and accredited workshops. Individuals and groups that call on us for training and resources include anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief as well as:  

  • Individuals Grieving or Facing Advanced Illness (grieving individuals and families, people living with advanced Illness, and caregivers) 
  • Community Representatives (volunteers, community agencies, public forum organizers, and not-for-profit professionals) 
  • First Points of Contact (educators & school support staff, health & mental health care professionals, first responders, and spiritual care providers
  • Student Bodies (grades 1-12 and post-secondary)

Children's Grief Centre Accredited Workshops

Expert-led accredited workshops for educators, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, health and mental health professionals, and others who work with children and teens are available through Hospice Calgary.

Hospice Calgary, provider #1194, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credits. Hospice Calgary maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period:  September 25, 2019 – September 25, 2022.  Social workers completing this course receive 6 “A” continuing education credits.

Register for upcoming accredited workshops below. 

Collaboration & Consultation

We work with community professionals such as victims services, teachers, health and mental health care professionals as part of a care team for individuals or families.

You can access this support through consult@childrensgriefcentre.ca.

Customized for You

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Palliative Care and Grief.

For current information on our educational opportunities, to book a speaker, or to access additional resources, contact our team: 

Children's Grief Centre Education
403-263-4525
info@childrensgriefcentre.ca

 

 

Upcoming Education Opportunities

Our education is for anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief. Visit our Education page for more

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Advanced Illness Education

Dying to Know Education Program

 

JANUARY 21 - Being with Uncertainty & Finding Wholeness in the life we have

Have you ever wondered how you could possibly find joy in the midst of suffering? To be at peace in time of uncertainty could be one of our greatest challenges. Dr. Allan Donsky, Psychiatrist & Professor of Psychiatry will help us understand how we can be with uncertainty and yet…choose compassion.

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FEBRUARY 18 - Family Dynamics during Serious Illness

The diagnosis of life-threatening illness can have an impact on family dynamics and functioning. Kathy Bach Paterson and Rebca Zawda, Family Counsellors for Hospice Calgary, will discuss some of the changes that may occur while sharing strategies and resources that can help keep your family afloat during this time.

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MARCH 17 - Cross Cultural Beliefs, Traditions, and Funeral Customs

Would you like to learn more and understand the basic beliefs, customs, and traditions of other cultures that may be unfamiliar to you? Kathy S. Cloutier, Funeral Director, Manager Community Relations with McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, will share her extensive experience and first-hand knowledge about the human need that crosses all cultures – the need for understanding in the sorrow of death

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APRIL 21 - Embracing Illness and Death through Ritual 

It can be hard to know what to do and how to make meaning through the journey of illness and death. Lisa Marie Walker, Hospice Calgary Volunteer Life Cycle Celebrant and Ceremonialist, will share the important role ceremony and ritual can have in supporting you through this transition time.

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MAY 19 - Reflections on Caregiving 

Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful. What have you learned on your journey that you can share with others? Kathy Bach Patterson, Hospice Calgary Family Counsellor, and Heather Lucier, family caregiver, will share their experiences and strategies for facing difficult life transitions and developing resiliency.

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Child & Family Grief Education

Customized Sessions & Consultations

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Grief and Palliative Care. More Info

 

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Hospice & Palliative Care Education

Customized Sessions & Consultations

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Grief and Palliative Care. More Info

 

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