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 difficult time to navigate the challenges of grief, loss and bereavement. Our workshops and programs are designed to provide youth and young adults with the tools and skills to learn how to manage grief and loss in healthy, life-affirming ways. The success of our work is based on a model of peer support, understanding, compassion, connection and learning.
Good Grief Workshop
With the understanding that everyone experiences grief and loss and that managing those is a learned life-skill, our Good Grief Workshops provides education to youth and adults. In this one-hour workshop, the facilitator addresses the commonality of grief and loss and the process of grief that follows.
Through interactive discussion, experiential activities, personal reflection, and an educational video, 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 Group Program
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 loss or significant change to find the support and resources to 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 death and loss.
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
We are committed to increasing the capacity in our communities to respond effectively to youth 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 the grief process.
Our counsellors are committed to providing the community with evidence based and research informed knowledge and practices in providing grief support to youth.
During COVID-19, regular Community Education Workshops are offered to the community via EventBrite until the end of June 2021.
Short-Term Grief Counselling
Short-term specialized 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.
Counselling provides individual support to youth experiencing grief and bereavement and 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 direct to: