Upcoming Events

(Open to the Public)

Certificate Courses

  • 9 AM- 4 PM. See specific dates below.
  • For more information or to register please visit the Hincks-Dellcrest site.

MODULE 1: Children at the Bedside: Preparing Children for the Death of Someone Close to Them. (Andrea Warnick – Tuesday, September 26, 2017)

MODULE 2: When Death Darkens the Door: Supporting Bereaved Children and Youth (Andrea Warnick – Tuesday, October 24, 2017)

MODULE 3: Supporting Grieving Children and Families Using Mindfulness and Compassion (Andrea Warnick & Andrew Blake – Tuesday, November 21,  2017)

MODULE 4: When Grief Gets More Complicated (Andrea Warnick, Colleen Mousseau and Liana Lowenstein – Tuesday, January 16, 2018)

MODULE 5: Dancing in the Darkness: Creative Approaches to Working with Grieving Children and Youth (Andrea Warnick and Lisa Toye – Tuesday, February 13, 2018)




All of the modules listed above in the Certificate Program in Children’s Grief and Bereavement can also be taken as individual workshops.

Join Andrea Warnick at the BFO Conference on Thursday, October 26, 2017. As the Keynote Speaker she will be speaking on “Balancing Joy and Sorrow: Supporting Children who are grieving a death”

Friday, October 27, 2017, Andrea will speak on “Preparing children for death, death & dying rituals, emerging trends in contemporary literature”

For more information and to register:
Online: www.bfomidwest.org
Email: admin@bfomidwest.org
By Phone: 1-519-603-0196

Event Poster: Child&Grief-Conference-BFO-Midwest

Promoting Excellence in Palliative Care

Join Andrea Warnick at this ANNUAL CONFERENCE and gain insight and skills from speakers who are leaders in the field of hospice palliative care. Choose from a variety of concurrent workshop topics that will expand your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and inspire you.


– Regular Rate:$85.00 + ($11.05 HST) = $96.05

Student Rate: $75.00 + ($9.75 HST) = $84.75
(For full-time students only. With proof of student registration.)

These fees include a buffet breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. They do not include overnight hotel accommodation or travel.

Event Poster here: Palliative Care Network Conference

  • Join Harry Van Bommel, Andrea Warnick and Linda Hochstetler for this one day event focusing on “Insight into Grief, Loss and Bereavement”
  • Early Bird Rate Before October 13th $80.00  / Cost Per Person $100.00 / Volunteer Rate $50.00
  • For more details of questions please contact education@palcarenetwork.org
  • Event poster: Fall Symposium 2017

Live Webinars

  • To register for this free event please click here.
  • Please note that due to the volume of participants, certificates of attendance are available only for paid, not free, webinars.

Recorded Webinars

  • 90 min. recorded webinar with Andrea Warnick
  • $19 (+tax).
  • Click here for more information or to add this to your cart.
  • Certificate of attendance for professional development available to the purchaser.

Creative Approaches for Supporting Grieving Children

Play, creativity and the arts have a unique capacity to respond to human suffering, and to offer safe spaces for the exploration of ideas, feelings and questions around the experiences of death and grief. While Andrea will touch on the theoretical aspects of  supporting children and youth who are grieving a death in this webinar, the emphasis will be placed on identifying play-based and other creative approaches to supporting children’s grief.  This webinar is designed for parents and other relatives and caregivers, as well as volunteers and professionals who are looking to expand their toolbox and confidence in creatively engaging with grieving children and youth.

  • 90 min. recorded webinar with Andrea Warnick
  • $19 (+tax).
  • Click here for more information or to add this to your cart.
  • Certificate of attendance for professional development available to the purchaser.

Do you have a relative, friend, colleague, or acquaintance who has experienced the death of someone close to them? Despite having the best intentions, some people inadvertently say things that can create challenges for the grieving person. Sometimes people don’t say anything at all out of a fear of saying the wrong thing which can contribute to a sense of isolation for the griever.

In this webinar you will learn: 

  • Ways that grief can manifest

  • Concrete tips and strategies for effectively supporting someone who is grieving

  • What not to say to someone who is grieving the dying or death of someone in their life

A good friend sits down and reaches out to a troubled friend.


  • With Andrea Warnick (RN, MA) and Michelle Methven.
  • Click here for more information or to add this webinar to your cart.
  • Certificate of attendance for professional development available to the purchaser.

Michelle Methven’s daughter Stella Joy died from a brain tumor at the age of 3. The experience that Michelle and her family had with the funeral home who cared for Stella after her death inspired Michelle to become a funeral director herself, which she has since done. In this webinar we will share some of Stella’s story as well as practical strategies for supporting children through funerals and other ceremonies. This webinar is designed for parents and other caregivers as well as funeral service workers, counsellors, health care providers, volunteers, and anyone else who is supporting a grieving child.



  • 90 min. recorded webinar with Andrea Warnick
  • $19 (+tax).
  • Click here to add this to your cart.
  • Certificate of attendance for professional development available to the purchaser.

 Online Q&A

  • Presented by Canadian Virtual Hospice
  • Cost: FREE
  • In this event you are welcome to ask your own questions or learn from the questions of others.

Register to participate in the live forum by emailing us at KidsGriefQA@virtualhospice.ca.  You will receive an email a few days prior to the event with a link to access the forum.

Andrea providing a training session on “Supporting Children when a Parent has Cancer” to the Nanny Angel Network.

* Webinar Gift Certificates Available *
Share with someone you care about. Gift certificates allow you to purchase access to both live and recorded webinars, so that support and information can be accessed when they are needed.

Contact Andrea for more information.

Past Events

September 22, 2017
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
“KidsGrief: A New Resource for Supporting Grieving Children”

September 21, 2017
Roger Neilson House, Ottawa, Ontario
“A Web of Grief: Supporting Children’s Grief while Navigating your Own”

September 18, 2017
5th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference, Ottawa Ontario
“KidsGrief Q&A”

September 16, 2017
Waterloo Region Family Network Conference, Waterloo Ontario
“Good Grief: Navigating Grief when Faced with a Disability”

September 14, 2017
North Perth Community Hospice, Listowel, Ontario
“Supporting Children through Illness, Dying and Death”

June 13, 2017
Gilda’s Club, Toronto, Ontario
“Supporting Children when a Family Member or Friend has Cancer”

June 24, 2017
Nanny Angel Network
“Supporting Children Facing the Serious Illness or Dying of Someone Close to them”

June 13, 2017
Rick Hansen Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario
“Supporting Grieving Students in School”

June 6, 2017
Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, Ontario
“Preparing for Death: Pre & Post”

May 23, 2017
Ronald McDonald House Charities
“Bearing Witness: Helping Families in Times of Grief”

May 5, 2017
Healthcare Conferences Canada, Toronto, Ontario
“Children at the Bedside: Preparing Children for a Death”

April 28, 2017
Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
“Dying and Death: Supporting Grieving Children”

April 25, 2017
Waterloo District School Board, Waterloo, Ontario
“Supporting Grieving Students in School”

April 6, 2017
University Health Network, Toronto
“We Stressed Dad Out and he Got Cancer: The Role of the Healthcare Provider in Supporting Children when a Parent is Dying”

March 10, 2017
Bethell Hospice, Caledon, Ontario
“Supporting Children & Youth Grieving the Death of a Family Member”

March 31, 2017
University of Toronto
“Reclaiming Death: An Introduction to Thanatology”

March 27, 2017
Central West Palliative Care Network
“Talking with Children about Illness and Death” (With A. Rapoport)

March 2, 2017
FASD Waterloo Region
“Navigating Grief Related to a FASD Diagnosis”

February 10, 2017
Ovarian Cancer Canada
“Helping Families in Times of Grief”

February 5, 2017
The Hospital for Sick Children, Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Toronto, Ontario
A Web of Grief: Supporting Children’s Grief while Navigating your Own

January 9, 2017
Montcrest School, Toronto, Ontario
Supporting Grieving Students in School