“I have had the pleasure of participating in two workshops led by Andrea. Andrea’s teaching is infused with helpful insights gleaned from her rich clinical experience. Workshop content presented with reference to the research literature is brought to life by Andrea’s vivid clinical vignettes. Clinical dilemmas are explored and Andrea is always responsive to the questions participants raise. Workshops led by Andrea encourage participants to reflect on their own experiences as well as practice new skills through interactive exercises. Throughout it all Andrea’s compassion for and delight in children shine through. Somehow Andrea addresses difficult complex subjects with remarkable energy and hopefulness. Weighty issues are lightened by Andrea’s humour and genuine warmth. ”

Marianne Gocker, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

“Andrea’s day-long workshop on preparing children for a death was terrific! Her passion and commitment to this work is so impressive and inspiring. I really appreciate her willingness to share her enthusiasm, humour and vulnerability when working with this population. The practical advice, positive reinforcement and encouragement she provided validated what I attempt to do in my practice and motivated me to continue to engage parents about their children’s needs.”

Cheryl Kanter, Social Worker
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

“Andrea Warnick is among Canada’s foremost experts on the support of grieving children. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Andrea both clinically and academically on numerous occasions and she never fails to amaze me. She has a personality that kids and caregivers are naturally comfortable with and drawn to. Her experience and versatility enable Andrea to quickly adapt her approach to the unique needs of the situation. I have seen Andrea work her magic in a variety of situations – before and after a death; death from medical illness, trauma, homicide and suicide; supporting children who are dealing with the death of a parent, a brother or sister, or even their own failing health. She is a real professional – Andrea assesses each child to see where they are in their grief and then helps them to cope at the pace that’s right for them. Grieving can be a difficult process, and it can be especially hard for children. I can think of no one more qualified or capable than Andrea to help in these situations.”

Adam Rapoport, M.D., FRCPC, MHSc
Medical Director, Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

“Andrea is an incredibly dynamic educator. Her lively and engaging style of teaching combined with her wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise make her workshops a truly valuable learning experience. Andrea shatters the taboo around talking about death and dying, and does so with great ease and enthusiasm to provide meaningful and necessary dialogue for how best to support grieving children and their families. Her passion for the work is obvious and contagious – she is truly a delight to learn from!”

Colleen Mousseau
Psychotherapist and Workshop Participant

“I have had the great fortune and privilege to work many times with Andrea Warnick both clinically and educationally. Andrea’s expertise in supporting grieving children is evident in her graceful spirit that is able to reach children of all ages and wonder together about the mysteries of life and death. She is also able to enable children’s parents, grandparents or other care givers to talk with their children about death and dying and understand the process of grieving. As an educator Andrea is unparalleled in assisting health care providers from all professions understand how to approach discussions about death with children of all ages or how to help children’s parents and loved ones know how to speak with them. I have always marvelled at how Andrea is able to help in any number of challenging situations. I have no hesitation at all in recommending attending one of Andrea’s energetic and informative workshops or consulting her clinically for any situation where grieving children are involved.”

Dori Seccareccia, M.D.
Family Physician focusing on palliative care and psychosocial spiritual support
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

“Andrea’s workshop was exactly what our team had been waiting for. She somehow managed to make everyone feel comfortable, safe and challenged all at the same time. She makes a topic like grief easy to approach and helped to normalize experiences that have plagued us for years. After she left, team members reflected on how much better we would have been at our jobs years ago if we had only taken her workshop earlier. It was a truly transformative experience. We are looking forward to our next session to help us further explore our ability to go to a place where death is a topic that isn’t taboo and grief is an experience we are all equipped to support and survive.”

Julia Porter, Director
Aboriginal Initiatives and Education, Right To Play

“The day-long workshop Andrea ran on supporting children and youth when a family member is dying was amazing – informative, reassuring, well organized, theoretical and practical. It started on time, finished on time, certainly delivered.”

Sarah Wood, Social Worker
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

“Andrea’s strong faith in the capacity of children to grapple with the challenges of a parent’s terminal illness or death if given the truth and sufficient support informs her work as well as her teaching. Andrea is a natural teacher; she generously shares her passion for her work with children and families in a way that is inspirational and energizing. My own work has been deeply affected by Andrea’s formal and informal teaching. One leaves her workshops with a new appreciation of the opportunities for growth and expressions of love that exist even in the midst of suffering and loss.”

Marianne Gocker, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry