About Andrea Warnick

Andrea is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse, and thanatologist with over 20 years of experience supporting grieving children and families and communities. Her caring and unique approach to dying, death, grief and healing has helped thousands of people, from toddlers to the elderly, across North America and internationally. Recognizing the provision of support for grieving children and youth as a social justice issue, Andrea brings the topics of dying, death, and grief into the necessary realm of discussion, education, and advocacy.

Andrea’s education includes:

  • Bachelor of Nursing Sciences Degree, Dalhousie University
  • Master of Arts in Thanatology (dying, death, and bereavement), Hood College
  • Certificates in Narrative Therapy and Trauma Counselling

Andrea’s work experience (domestic & international) includes:

  • Grief counselling at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre  in Toronto
  • Program development — seminars, customized in-services and workshops on a wide variety of topics related to palliative care, death, grief, and children
  • Directing Camp Erin Toronto, a bereavement camp for children and youth
  • Keynote presenter at palliative care and oncology conferences
  • Disaster relief in Sri Lanka following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
  • Media spokesperson
  • Published author of academic journal articles
  • Founder of successful not-for-profit initiatives: Tsunami Tender Sprout Home Initiative and Balding for Dollars in Toronto and Vancouver.

Andrea’s work is well-known and her reach is extensive through her work with:

  • Supporting grieving children and families and communities
  • Medical professionals and allied health professionals
  • Hospitals and hospice, palliative care facilities
  • Primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, with educators, administrators and students
  • Funeral homes
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Centres
  • Camps
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses
  • Church groups
  • Government
  • Community-at-large

Andrea’s memberships include:

  • IWG (International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement)
  • CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario)
  • CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario)
  • RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario)
  • ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counselling)
  • BON (Bereavement Ontario Network)

Andrea’s CV and complete teaching dossier are available by request. For more information about Andrea’s consulting, education, and counselling services, please view the Services section or contact Andrea.

Andrea Warnick’s recent projects include:

    • Developing and facilitating the 5 Module “Certificate in Children’s Grief and Bereavement,” The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto


    • Keynote presentation – “When Illness and Death Touch Children’s Lives,”  Palliative Manitoba’s Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba


    • Invited Panel Member – “Death: Alive and Well in the 21st Century,” National Cancer Institute, Maryland


    • Keynote Presentation – “When Families Grieve: Learning the Face the Fire with Those we Love,” Bereavement Ontario Network Annual Conference