Hospice Toronto provides one-on-one support for children and youth with bereavement
How youth can find support with the Hospice Toronto team
by Adam Lam
TORONTO, January 28, 2021 — Children and youth experiencing the loss of a loved one can find support with a dedicated team of volunteers at Hospice Toronto.
The bereavement program, which offers “short term individual sessions,” peer support groups, and one-on-one calls with volunteers, helps support the mental health of youth, which may have different experiences with loss in contrast to adults.
“The Hospice Toronto Expressive Arts Children’s Grief and Bereavement Program provides one-on-one support to Children and Youth who are grieving the loss of a family member,” says Chelsea-Anne Alex, the Young Carers Program Facilitator with the Young Carers Program (YCP) run by Hospice Toronto.
“Children and youth grieve differently than adults and they do not always have the words or means to express their grief,” she continues. “The Expressive Arts sessions focus on art and play as a way of expression and gives the children a way to express their grief in a way that feels natural to them. Hospice Toronto is providing a space where children can explore their grief in way that feels very comfortable to them.”
The program is especially relevant today on Bell Let’s Talk Day, an initiative aimed and promoting a global conversation on mental health. It also aims to support fundraising for mental health initiatives.
“#Bell Let’s Talk Day has never been more poignant than now as we feel the ongoing impact of the covid-19 pandemic,” says Teri Henderson, Director of Community Programs at Hospice Toronto. “Take this opportunity to reach out, to “tune in” to your own sense of well-being and stay connected safely in these times of physical distancing.”
For more information on Expressive Arts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about bereavement support, please call 416-364-1666. You can also donate to support our programs and initiatives for mental health.
Online Hike for Hospice raises over $26,000 for hospice care in Toronto
Top individual, youth fundraisers represented by Hospice Toronto at first-ever online Hike for Hospice
by Adam Lam
Adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraisers with Hospice Toronto, the Philip Aziz Centre, and Emily’s House raised over $26,000 for palliative care from July 31 to September 12 in Toronto’s first-ever Virtual Hike for Hospice.
Hike for Hospice is an online fundraising initiative where volunteers registered and held their own symbolic ‘walk,’ raised enthusiasm through videos and photos, and received messages of support from donors. Practicing social distancing, these participants walked and biked outside, climbed stairs, and worked out on ellipticals and treadmills while raising funds for an important cause.
Chris McEvenue, Managing Partner at CPC Healthcare Communication, was recognized as the top individual fundraiser at the event, raising $2185.00 for Hospice Toronto, and Sienna R. also won the Youth Prize for raising $430 for Hospice Toronto.
As McEvenue noted to Hospice Toronto: “It’s tough being a not-for-profit, and COVID hasn’t made that easier. Hospice Toronto needs to keep finding new ways of appealing for support where so many charities are doing the same.”
He then raised attention to Hospice Toronto’s next upcoming major fundraiser: the Virtual Gala, held online on October 22 starting at 7:00 pm. “It’ll be an amazing event, with guests that include Rick Mercer, Elizabeth Manley, Maggie Casella and Josh Matlow,” he noted. “It’s free to attend and people can register by going to givergy.ca/hospicetoronto/. It’s going to be a great event, which will, over and above our special guests, include a silent auction of some incredible items.”
“Hospice Toronto is also looking for more ‘predictable’ donations, so someone might consider becoming a monthly donor,” he continued. “Or they might make to make a bequest, in someone’s memory. If you go to hospicetoronto.ca, you can see there are many ways to make a difference.”
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