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W.C. Wood Foundation Announcement – The Nightingale Centre


Funds will be used to build capacity through the expansion of program and service delivery.

GUELPH, ON | October 2022 — The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth, and Families is pleased to announce a charitable contribution in the amount of $40,000 from the W.C. Wood Foundation. The recent donation will help with the growth and development of critical services to meet and sustain the demand for child and youth focused grief support within the Guelph-Wellington community.

Founded in February 2019 to support families with children and youth who have experienced, or are anticipating, the death of parent, primary caregiver, sibling or someone significant in their life, The Nightingale Centre has supported over 100 families and 160 children and youth through dedicated bereavement programs offered at no cost to participants and their families.

Individual 1:1 and family grief counselling for those in which group support is inappropriate or impossible, in addition to continuity of care, are critical aspects of The Nightingale Centre’s future plans for service delivery. This generous gift from the W.C. Wood Foundation will support in building the Centre’s capacity to bridge this gap. 

“We are immensely grateful to the W.C. Wood Foundation for believing in The Nightingale Centre’s mission, and for their generous support of our services to ensure that the young people in our community are provided with the grief and bereavement support they need to build bright and healthy futures,” says Susan Lambden, Board Chair of The Nightingale Centre. 

In Canada, 1 in 14 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they turn 18.  “The proper support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. We know that if children mourn well, they go on to live well and love well,” says Lambden.

The Nightingale Centre’s Bereavement Programs are available through a hybrid delivery model for children and youth ages 6-19, and parents and caregivers of participants. If you or someone you know is looking for more information in the Guelph and Wellington County area or has questions about child and youth grief and bereavement, visit for more information.