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Our Impact - Learning Through Loss: Youth Grief & Loss | Victoria bc


Our Impact 

Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time.

The experience of grief is not something a person ever recovers from completely. Friends of Living and Learning Through Loss (LTL) have built programs on the strength of youth peer support, and belonging, that has reach thousands of youth each year.

We make a difference

Without proper support, grieving students:

  • Act out

  • Withdraw from their peers 

  • Experience immense sadness, anxiety, and even depression

  • Disengage from their learning

Death is one of the most stressful events we go through and 1 in 14 Children will experience the loss of a parent or sibling by the time they turn 18.

When you support grieving youth you support:

  • Open conversation

  • Emotional well-being

  • Quality education

2022-2023  Learning Through Loss Community Impact Video


Supported Youth

About Me


Prepared Teachers


Delivered Workshops

At Learning Through Loss, we believe sharing is caring. Our immeasurable impact cannot be expressed in our words. Hear from the youth we strive to support each day. Since 1988, we have become the community hub that effectively helps youth struggling with grief find the support, care, and tools they need to function in life. 

Youth don't need to hear "You will get over it" , what they need: 









With the caring support of Board, Team, Funders and Contributors like you, since 2010 Friends of Living and Learning Through Loss has delivered:

  • 1172 Good Grief and Supporting Youth Through Loss & Grief Workshops to more than 28,000 Youth, Educators and Community Members

  • 62 Peer Support Loss & Grief Group Programs to more than 425 grieving youth

  • No-Charge Individual Short Term Counselling Support to more than 100 youth struggling with the impacts with loss and grief.


Our impact to individuals, families, and community are immeasurable.

It takes a Community!

Help us continue the critical support we provide to youth, educators and families in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Since 2010, Learning Through Loss has...

Real Breakthrough Stories

 I have experienced quite a bit of grief and loss in my life and I never thought twice about how it has affected me. My counsellor has helped me through a lot."

 "I never thought twice about how [grief] has affected me. 

"If you ever get a chance to be a part of this group, I highly suggest you grab the opportunity!

Group was amazing and I learned so much. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would. Having the people around you to share and reflect, and just to take a couple of hours out of their week really helped me with not only my grief and loss but a lot of other things I didn’t understand about myself.


If you ever get a chance to be a part of this group, I highly suggest you grab the opportunity! If you are a creator, funder, or even supporter of this group I greatly appreciate all the time, effort, and financial resources. Thank you so much for everything."

"I learned from the group that I’m not alone.

I learned from the group that I’m not alone. A lot of people in my group are going through the same thing. Everyone shows emotions differently and I learned how to recognize that as well. I will admit I was not certain about going to the group because I was afraid I would be out of place or embarrassed about sharing my experiences. But I soon learned, that you only share what you feel is comfortable for you."

"I learned from the group that I’m not alone.

Attending the program not only made me realize and help me understand my grief and loss but that everyone deals with it differently. They helped me understand how my own emotions worked, how I could realize when I was about to break down or get upset and angry, and what I could do to calm myself down. I also learned how I mask my own emotions."

Most useful lessons learned with the support of Learning Through Loss

“There are more people like me out there” 

“That it is okay to be sad, along with reaching out for help”

“How to deal with grief and help others through it”

“How to deal with my emotions” 

A message to your young one from others who’ve been there

Support Youth in Need 

Every donation counts and goes a long way!

“It’s ok to feel sad, angry, stressed, etc. and to not bottle things up until they become too much.”       



“I’m here for you and your emotions are normal.” 

“It will get better. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but eventually.”

“It takes time to heal.”

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