Growing With Grief - Yorktown Family Services

Growing With Grief

General Information



Service Delivery Format:
  • In Person:
    • Virtual and in-person appointments available
    • Groups are offered in person at this time

Family Relationship: Grief related to the death or dying of a parent, sibling, or in-home custodial caregiver.

Age: Children, youth, and families ages 0 – 21 (with limited spots available up to age 29).

Geographic Catchment: The city of Toronto (Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York). Bereavement Referrals: Services are offered regardless of the cause of death or time since the death.

Acute Response Referrals: Our aim is to fast track services where the child/youth or their parent, sibling, or in-home custodial caregiver has a prognosis of 6 months or less, or has recently experienced a sudden or traumatic death.


Accepted from any source, including self-referrals. For a referral form, email Danielle at:

Next Session Dates:

Grief and Bereavement Intakes completed on an ongoing basis.

Youth Group (age 13-21) – TBD

Middles Group (age 10 – 13) – TBD
Littles Group (age 6-9) – TBD

Sessions Per Year:

52 weeks per year

Service Duration:

Acute Response Program – up to 4 sessions
Bereavement Program – up to 8 sessions
Groups – 8-10 sessions

Languages offered:
  • English
  • Translation Services Available
  • Weekdays
  • Evenings

Maureen Ringlein
416-394-2424 Ext:272

Clinical Services

Individual and Family Counselling

Our counselling services are divided into two streams:

Bereavement Program provides counselling support after a death to process and normalize grief, encourage emotional expression and communication, cultivate and enhance resiliency, explore helpful coping strategies, and support continuing bonds.

Acute Response Program provides services to families where death is anticipated and imminent with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Program goals include preparing children, youth and families for what to expect; supporting open communication; and engaging in legacy work.  Please note, this is not a crisis support service – referrals are made through the intake.

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Child and Youth Support Program

Our support groups for bereaved children and youth are offered throughout the year. The goal of the program is to create a supportive environment where grieving children and adolescents have the opportunity to connect with similar-aged peers, express themselves, share their grief experiences, and explore their relationship with grief through the outdoors, art, and play.  The outdoors provides a context for self-reflection, connection with others, and the natural world. Concurrent caregiver groups may be offered to support caregivers navigating the unique challenges of parenting grieving children and youth.

Family Support Program

Our Family Support Program provides opportunities to connect with a community of grievers who have experienced the death of an immediate family member through ‘Family Events’ which are events developed for children, youth and their parents or caregivers.

Growing with Grief Family Event: Children’s Fun Night

This event is best suited for children aged 11 and younger.

Growing with Grief at Yorktown Family Services is following Ontario’s Family Day with Children’s Fun Night this February 23rd. We hear consistently from caregivers that they want their kids to have a chance to meet and play with other bereaved kids. And, bereaved caregivers want to get to know each other as well. That’s why we’re putting together a casual night of fun and games. There will be light grief-related content included.

To give you a sense of the night, activities may include:

  • A scavenger hunt
  • Pin the tail on the Grief Monster
  • Simon says
  • A heel-toe race

There will also be quieter, more individual activities available for those that need a change of pace.

This event is Free. Snacks will be provided.

Families can register on the Eventbrite page or by emailing