Programs & Services
Friends of Living and Learning Through Loss understand that while everyone will experience loss in their lives, for youth this can be a particularly tough time to navigate the challenges of grief. Our workshops and programs are designed to provide youth and young adults with the tools and skills they can use to manage their grief and loss in encouraging and healthy ways. The success of our work is based on a model of peer support, compassion, connection, understanding and learning.
Good Grief Workshop
Our Good Grief Workshops provide education to youth by opening up the conversation on what grief is, what it feels like and how it can impact so much. In this workshop, our facilitator speaks to the commonality of grief and loss and the process of grief that often follows.
Through interactive discussion, experiential activities, and personal reflection, youth are encouraged to explore what grief is and the 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
Offered virtually through our secured Zoom Healthcare platform during COVID-19.
Learning Through Loss
The Learning Through Loss Group Program is an eight-week, sixteen hour peer support group that provides a safe place for youth who have been impacted by significant loss or change to find the support and resources to help navigate and manage their grief.
In this program, registered clinical counsellors use proven curriculum and experiential activities to create an open, supportive environment that promotes individual sharing of ideas and feelings regarding the universal experiences of grief and loss and bereavement.
The goals of the program are to:
Assist youth in developing an understanding and awareness of normal responses to loss;
Identify and enhance coping skills to help deal with grief and loss;
Integrate the loss in a meaningful way, and move forward with new hope and purpose.
Community Education Workshops
LTL is committed to increasing the capacity of our communities to respond effectively to those who are experiencing grief and loss.
The goal of our Community Education Workshop is to enable family members, friends, teachers, anyone who loves or works with youth
an opportunity to learn about grief in youth and how to support them through their grief.
LTL counsellors are committed to educating our communities with evidence based, research informed knowledge and practices in providing grief support to youth.
Short-Term Grief Counselling
Short-term grief counselling support is provided by registered clinical counsellors and available to eligible youth and young adults between the ages of 13-24 by referral. Older youth can self-refer.
Counselling provides one on one support to youth experiencing grief and loss who can benefit from individual counselling.
Please note LTL does not provide complex trauma services.
To access counselling services, please fill out the counselling referral form below in full and email directly to: