Family Bereavement Program

At The Nightingale Centre, supporting families that are grieving the death or expected death of a parent or siblings is the core of our mission. 

Children who are bereaving are in a very vulnerable state, and having the right support during the grieving process is essential to helping them understand their feelings.

The Nightingale Family Bereavement Program provides service to families with children, ages 6-12, who have lost a parent through death. The parents receive grief support and psychoeducation about how they can help their children grieve with Dr. Laura Brown, a registered psychologist trained in children’s grief and bereavement. Concurrently, the children participate in activities designed to help them identify feelings of grief, learn coping strategies, and build resilience with Nicky Seligman, a trained children’s grief counsellor, and 3 trained volunteers.

Who We Support

    • Families with children, ages 6 – 12, who have lost a parent or sibling through death


    • Parents receive grief support and psychoeducation about how to help their children grieve in a community setting
    • Children participate in activities to help them identify feelings of grief, coping strategies and build resilience


    • Services will be facilitated through virtual platforms

Date & Time

    • Meetings are one evening per week for eight consecutive weeks (with holiday breaks as required)
    • Please fill out the Contact Form to receive more information on group dates and times.


    • Fill out the Contact Form and select the “Family Bereavement Program” option on the form


    • Free of charge
    • Donations are welcome and can be made on the Donation Page

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