At Learning Through Loss, we understand that everyone experiences loss in their lives and we also understand that for youth, this can be a particularly vulnerable time to navigate the challenges of loss and grief. Our programs are designed to reach youth, and those supporting youth, with tools and life-skills to understand and manage the experience of loss and grief in healthy and life-affirming ways. The success of our programs is based on a model of peer support, understanding, connection and learning.
Good Grief Workshop
With the understanding that everyone will experience loss and that managing grief is an essential life-skill, the Good Grief Workshop provides education to all young people. In this one-hour workshop, the facilitator opens dialogue with youth in schools and community programs about loss and the process of grief that follows.
Through partner discussions, experiential activities, personal reflection, and an educational video of four young people sharing their stories, youth are encouraged to explore what grief is and different types of losses that they may experience.
Topics covered include:
1. Different responses one may have to loss
2. How to recognize grief in self and others
3. How to express one’s feelings
4. When to ask for help
5. Common coping skills and strategies for healing
Learning Through Loss Group Program
The Learning Loss Group Program is an eight-week support group that provides a safe place for youth who have been impacted by loss or significant change to find support and resources to navigate their grief journey.
In this sixteen-hour program, our clinical counselor uses proven curriculum and experiential activities to create an open, supportive environment that promotes individual sharing of ideas and feelings regarding experiences of death and loss.
The goals of the program are to:
Assist youth in developing an understanding and awareness of normal responses to loss
Identifying and enhancing specific coping skills to help deal with grief and loss
Integrate the loss in a meaningful way, moving forward with new hope and purpose.
Community Education Workshops
We are committed to increasing the capacity of our communities to effectively respond to and support youth who are experiencing grief and loss. The goal of our Community Education training and workshops is to provide professionals and individuals who work with youth an opportunity to explore the topic of youth grief and how to support healthy coping and awareness about the grief process.
Our facilitators are committed to ongoing professional development in the field of counselling, experiential learning, grief and trauma, to provide the community with current knowledge and practices in providing youth support.
Listed below are some of the programs that we offer:
Community Education – 1.5-hour introductory workshop for parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours, caregivers, and youth-workers.
Leading Through Loss Program – 6-hour training for peer mentors and youth leaders to learn helpful skills to support themselves and their peers
Supporting Youth Workshop – 5-hour training for youth-serving professionals (social workers, hospice practitioners, counsellors, teachers, youth workers, facilitators).